Want to lose weight? Don’t we all. Well the way to do it is simple: consume fewer calories than you burn and viola! Heidi Klum in no time. Well, not exactly. In a nutshell, that’s the trick – with about a million and 17 variations, tips and tricks on how to make that a little bit easier. I did some research on the topic this summer, and here are a few things I came across while scouring the internet.
First: Challenge your inner Grinch. If you’ve seen the Christmas favorite you may remember the distinct line, “Am I eating because I’m bored?” (If not, rewatch it immediately so you can get the voice right). A good way to know the answer is imagining a steamy, juicy steak in front of you. If your brain says “Yum! I would eat the crap outta that,” then you’re probably hungry. But if your brain says, “Steak’s really not my fav, where are the chocolate chip cookies?” then you may just be bored, or PMSing. Once you figure it out, move on.
If you’re bored
- Do something, anything, for 20 minutes. Cravings take about that long to pass – so once you’re done giving yourself a pedi, or walking around the block, or reading you favorite magazine publication online, chances are your hankering will have passed.
- Sniff it out. One study found that sniffing vanilla tricks your brain into thinking you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth, so you won’t really have to. Keep some calorie-free candles nearby. Peppermint, grapefruit, and green apple work too!
- Do your homework – or whatever else you’ve been putting off. One study found that when procrastinators get bored or anxious, they are more likely to give in to their impulses.
- Extra Dessert Delights in mint chocolate chip. Chew it. Chew it often. It’s delicious, sugar-free, and sure to do the trick.
If you’re hungry (and don’t have a healthy snack at your disposal)
- Drink – water or green tea. Both make you feel full – you’ve heard this before.
- Watch Jenna Marbles. Laughing activates serotonin, your “happy hormone,” which could reduce appetite. If nothing else, she is one funny botch.
- Call your mom, she’d love to hear from you. I call my mom all the time, and look how awesome I am. Hearing a supporting, familiar voice reduces stress, which increases the production of your hunger-fighting hormone, leptin.
- Chew gum – your jaws in the up-and-down motion tell your brain to tell your stomach that it’s full.
The bottom line is, don’t be the Grinch and eat when you’re bored. And always try to pack a healthy snack so you don’t get yourself into these hunger debacles. Jeesh.