Stop snacking just because you’re bored.
We’ve all found ourselves there before, mindlessly rooting through your fridge to your cupboards looking for a quick bite to eat and for a brief minute, it seems like it was a great idea.
But then that snacking guilt starts to creep in and most likely we begin to carry on through the night as we feel we might as well cause we’ve started. It’s a vicious cycle.
There are simple tips and tricks we can use to combat this habit, here are the easiest ways to stop mindless snacking.
Eat Nutritious Meals
Most people find themselves snacking because the meals they are having throughout the day aren’t supplying them with the nutrients they are craving to fulfill their hunger.
Make sure throughout the day all the meals you are eating have all the right protein, fat and carbs you need so your body and even mind feels the best it can be.
Drink More Water
Make sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day, water is a key component when it comes to burning fat and helps your weight loss.
If you are feeling like you are hungry when you know you’ve had a good day on your diet, get a glass of water down you and wait 15-20 minutes and there’s a good chance you will find your sudden cravings gone.
Also, it has a Beyoncé seal of approval.
Tell Yourself No
You might have heard the saying ‘You’ve got to take care of yourself. No one else will.’
Well, in some ways it is correct.
When you are walking to go and open that fridge, ask yourself ‘Am I really hungry or just bored?’ and be truly honest to yourself.
You will find you have a lot more willpower than you think.
Go For A Walk
Sometimes all you need is a good 10-15 minute walk in life, this will suppress your hunger and a walk can clear the mind and leave you feeling less stressed.
So grab them kicks and go get that fresh air.
Work On Your Hobby
Instead of mindless snacking, you could be working on perfecting your craft or hobby.
Get your mind off it and distract yourself by something you like doing.
This could be anything from picking up a paintbrush to reading that book you got for your birthday that hasn’t been touched yet.
Replace Sweets With Fruit
A very simple but effective way to make your diet a lot healthier is if you are craving something sweet and can’t help yourself.
Get yourself some bananas, grapes, strawberries and many more delicious fruits that will leave you feeling a lot better than a pack of Haribos.
Plan What You Eat
A really good habit to pick up is planning what you are going to eat for the day.
Prepare the meals yourself in the morning or late at night, not only will you save money meal prepping you will reap the health benefits.
When everything is planned in advance, you will not find yourself bored and thinking about what food you are going to have.
Don’t Stock Bad Food
Another good way to stop binging on food that makes you guilty is to stop buying it at your weekly shop. You can’t have something that isn’t there, once you get into the routine of not buying it.
You will forget about it in time.
Don’t Always Deny Yourself A Treat
If you’ve had a great week everything has gone to plan, you’ve stuck perfectly to your diet. Don’t try to put off the food you are craving once in a while when it’s been deserved.
This way you can have food you look forward to having and it tastes a lot better than constantly binging on it.
The worst thing you can do is constantly deny yourself because sooner or later you will crack and begin going to town on the food you’ve denied yourself from.
Keep At It
If mindless snacking is one of the bad habits you are wishing to kick, we understand. After all, we are human.
Who hasn’t binged through The Office with a load of munchies next to us?
The best thing to do is not to let one bad day roll into more, we call this the snowball effect. Wake up, brush it off and try again.
But these easiest ways to stop mindless snacking will help you slowly but surely make you not wander to the fridge.