I joined Weight Watchers over two years ago. I lost 90% of my weight through them and still practice many of their ideas. One I truly love is the Three Bite Rule. When we crave something the first bite is really memorable. The second bite is almost as memorable as the first. The last bite savory and sums up the memory. Therefore all we need are three bites. Not diet is ever broken over three bites.
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When you're craving something that you know isn't on your healthful eating plan, don't deny yourself! It's been proven that just three normal bites of what you are craving can satisfy your craving. You don't have to eat the whole candy bar, piece of pie, cake or dessert.-same goes for any food.
Don't let the three bite rule get out of hand. You can't eat ALL your three bites in one day! Well, actually you could if you keep it at or under your allotted calories. The first bite of something is the best, the second confirms it, and the third is to be savored-after that it's all down hill!
My Weight Management doctor, told me to have whatever it is I'm craving. (1) Figure out what it is that you're really craving to keep from eating the whole house trying to satisfy it. (2) Have it.. just ONE BITE! (3) Drink a glass, or bottle, of water after your ONE BITE.
Obviously, if the ONE BITE rule is abused, it may affect your weight management results.
This rule goes for not only cravings but truly anything like reacting quickly to a boss, friend, etc. Give yourself 24 hours before doing anything you might regret. This applies to that must have food craving to over-reacting to your boss/spouse. This rule stops you from being impulsive.
The 24 hr. rule means I will give it one day. If I'm still having that craving then I will plan my meals/exercise accordingly, plus tell someone. Usually, that craving goes away. This rule also applies to reacting to someone that can have negative consequences.
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