1. Recognize your cravings – A strong desire for specific dishes is a common symptom of emotional eating. If you’re actually hungry, everything on the menu is likely to sound appealing. When you’re depressed over a recent breakup, ice cream may be the only thing you want to order.
2. Work on maintaining weight – Instead of thinking in terms of dieting and weight loss, seek to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve been dieting for a long time, give yourself a break and try to focus on nutritional changes that you can maintain for the rest of your life. Most importantly relax. Stress inhibits weight loss.
Incorporate the 80/20 rule, be strict 80% of the time and enjoy yourself the remaining 20%.
3. Stand up – If you have a job where you sit a lot or find yourself spending considerable time on the sofa, stand on your feet periodically throughout the day.
* At work, there may be tasks you can do while standing.
* Sorting documents, looking through files, reading reports, and making handwritten notes can all be done from a standing position. Some workplaces even offer standing desks at which you can do computer work.
* Here’s an interesting tip to try at home: if you use a laptop computer and you have a raised counter/bar area, consider placing your laptop on the high counter and doing work while you stand.
* Even if you’re only on your feet for 15 minutes at a time, the calories you burn will increase while you’re standing.
4. Stock up on healthy snacks – Snacking is inevitable, especially when you’re stuck indoors, evening after evening. You might as well prepare for your snack cravings and stock up on healthy and satisfying snacks.
* Organic nuts such as almonds and macadamia are great options
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