When you want to eat that treat and you know if you do you will regret it later: Log it in your food tracker, look through the calories and nutrition of your treat. Imagine how your treat tastes and feels in your mouth. Don't remove it from your log. Keep it there and go do something else. When you track your next meal or snack you will see it there and remember you never ate it. Either delete your treat or eat it then. Chances are the craving is gone and you can delete those empty calories!
When I want a second helping or a naughty treat, I tell myself I can have it - in 30 min. I clock-watch waiting for my treat for about 10 min, then find that my 30 min has long-passed and I don't want it anymore! If I still DO want it, I have it, but usually it doesn't matter anymore
Quote for the day..."I can have that....later"
Ice cream--a really good half-fat kind, like Lovin Scoopfuls or Breyer's, has a permanent home in my freezer--and in my heart. I know that I can look forward to eating a half-cup of it any and every evening, as long as it fits into my calore count for the day. At about 100 calories per serving, it ALWAYS does.
These have become my daily treat - great taste, low cals, very nutritious. I started my search for Vita Muffins/Tops after reading about them on Sparkpeople. I loved them and appreciated the boost in my iron (50% daily need in one muffin). However, they were expensive. After doing much searching, I found the mixes are available at Amazon.com. There are not as many flavors to choose from, but they still have a great taste, are low calorie, and great nutrition!
Allowing yourself "weekends off" when it comes to dieting can help motivate you to eat extremely healthy for five days of the week--when you restrict yourself to only allowing your treats on weekends, it reduces the temptation to give in "just this once" the rest of the time. In addition, when the obligation of strict eating is loosened on the weekends, the temptation to give up on the diet or be fed up and binge is greatly reduced.
This is certainly not a new idea, but it's on my mind tonight: If you know you eat out of boredom, get yourself foods to snack on that are "stimulating" to the senses in some way. For example, baby carrots are adorable to look at and make that wonderful crunch when you chew them. Pistachios have those shells that are so satisfying to snap apart. Use the sensory elements of food to satisfy boredom instead of just the flavor alone.
Every once in a while, you feel like having a treat. Afterward the feeling of guilt builds and that can make you fail. What I do is "buy" my treat thus taking away the guilt. I chose to do situps. The exercise you chose is your decision. I chose situps because it was a "punishment" that was doled out by my Senai in my martial arts class. At one time, I had worked up to doing 600 situps a day. It worked and I didn't have any guilt.
I have been taking in-the-shell sunflower seeds to the movie theater to avoid eating all that high fat buttered popcorn! The bbq flavored ones are fantastic, but watch out-they are high in sodium!
If you have a sweet tooth don't deny it until the cravings are unbearable. Instead keep sweet treats like pineapple, apples, oranges and grapes on hand and pair a serving of sweet fruit with a single piece of chocolate. I keep hershy kisses on hand for this.
It's so comforting in the evening to have a treat while sitting on the couch and watching TV, but that's part of how I gained weight in the first place. Now, instead of chocolate cake or ice cream, I make myself a mug of Maxwell House International Cafe Suisse Moche (sugar free & decaf). It's only 30 calories! I've saved hundreds of calories doing this.
Encourage serving sizes, particularly with treats, by using cute, elegant, or personalized serving sized dessert dishes.
Buy something "gourmet" for yourself! It can be a neato kitchen tool, nice balsamic vinegar, truffle salt (expensive, but worth it!), or anything else that's healthy, exciting, and new. Treats don't have to come with calorie price tags!
Make dates with yourself to pamper your body. Having a beautiful body doesn't rely on your dress size. Take time to care for your body and skin. By learning to care for your body externally you'll be more inclined to care for body internally. Moisturize your skin, smooth on a face mask, fashion your fingernails, run a warm bath, exfoliate, massage your neck, shape your eyebrows, and turn on your favorite music. Even waking up 15 minutes early to prepare your outfit can solidify a successful day.
One of the fastest ways I end up killing my motivation is being too strict with myself and my plan. I have learned that I have to make it a plan I can LIVE WITH for the rest of my life. I'm not going to go the next 40 years without eating another piece of birthday cake, or without eating at a favorite restaurant, or without having a sweet treat. Once I say "this is the LAST (insert guilty item here) I'm ever going to eat" I've set myself up to fail.
Sometimes after eating dinner I think to myself... man I'm really craving something sweet.
When there are goodies at work...donuts, cookies, left-over pie that someone has brought in...I always say I can ABSOLUTELY have some...as long as its the last one left OR I am leaving for the day. I don't believe that one cookie or donut is the problem...its the fact that once I start I can't stop. So it must be the only one left, or I'm walking out the door.
YUM! These bars are sure to satisfy your craving for something sweet and chocolatey! It is chocolate ice cream w/chocolate chips dipped in chocolate. The bar is only 130 calories and 6 grams of fat.
When you buy a bag of something for a "treat", remember that it is a "treat" and not a binge. Just buy a serving size bag. It satisfies the craving, but I don't get a chance to binge on a big bag. It may cost slightly more, but at least I know that I won't pay for it in calories.