In this short series of BLOG posts we’re going to be talking about tips to help with your weight loss goals. Being in a calorie deficit, doing cardio and watching what you eat are all great tools but there are some tips which aren’t so common that can make a BIG difference - these are what we are going to explore!
Controlling Your Environment…
We spend the majority of our time in just a few locations - home, work and in the car could be a few good examples.
However, are these environments that we spend our time in ‘set up’ for a successful weight loss plan?
Are there chocolate digestive biscuits in your cupboards at home? Crisps in the glove box in the car? Vending machines at work? There are many…many temptations in the form of food particularly that we can be surrounded by, doing our best to ensure that we don’t ‘fall off of the wagon’ so to speak is something which we should be interested in, right? Why make it harder than it needs to be!
This is where controlled our environment and not letting it ‘control’ us (or having a large effect on us) comes in.
Draining our Willpower
It has been said by many psychologists and those that work in human performance that we have limited willpower. By being surrounded by temptations constantly and resisting it can prove difficult and when dieting, we want as much as possible so that we don’t feel more drained than needs to be.
So What’s the Solution?
Biscuits, crisps, fizzy drinks and all the rest of it needs to go from the cupboard, drawers and everything else! It’s FAR better to not have the tempting foods around in the first place than it is to have to RESIST them and have them on your mind constantly which can be mentally fatiguing…plus if it’s not there, we can’t eat it.
Now this isn’t to say we can’t treat ourselves now and then or incorporate certain foods into our diets…but they are part of the plan. Here we’re talking about ‘treats’ and the like that are NOT in the plan!
Set yourself up for success and you can put that mental energy elsewhere rather than on resisting tasty temptation.
In a nutshell, make sure that where you are most of the time is good for your weight loss experience. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be, even telling people that you’re dieting and that not offering your sweets would be a great help could be something to consider. Whatever it is, control your environment!
If you’re looking for a treat, why not try a high protein one that also tastes GREAT.