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Tips and techniques to help keep your diet on track.

Monday, August 7, 2006 by  
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Last week I talked about some of the methods I employ to help ensure that I don’t miss workouts, but this weekend I received several emails asking if I’d talk about how I combat “junk” food cravings.

The first things I would suggest is don’t drink alcohol! We all know that alcohol weakens resolve, lowers inhibitions and clouds judgment. These three things are a recipe for dietary disaster if you are trying to eat “clean”. I think most of you reading this know exactly what I’m talking about. I can tell you from personal experience that once I start drinking, the junk food generally follows.

Another way to help keep yourself on track is to make a list before you go to the grocery store and stick to it. Lisa and I sit down once per week with our pre-planned menus, figure out what food items we need for that week and then make a list. When we go to the grocery store we only gets what we need for that week’s meals, and we don’t impulsively buy food items that are not on the list.

This next suggestion is related to the previous suggestion: don’t keep junk food in the house. If you have junk food in the house, you’ll be far more likely to fall off the wagon in a moment of weakness than you would if you had to go to the store to get the food. Personally I eat six meals per day, and I almost never feel the need to snack between meals. If you are the type of person who likes to munch between meals, then keep healthy snacks around the house.

Drink lots of water! I can’t stress this enough. Water is great for your body, and you will feel less hungry if you drink lots of it. I’m around 200 pounds, and I drink 1.5 – 2 gallons of water per day. By the way, diet soda is not water. Coffee is not water. Water is water!

Office treats can be a killer. It seems like someone is always bringing in doughnuts or cookies. Watch your co-workers as they scarf this stuff down. Now picture them nude. Still hungry for junk food?

One of the ways I combat cravings for sweets is sugar-free gum. For example, last night Lisa was eating chocolate covered nuts (she just loves to torture me). Those darn things looked SOOOO good – I really, really wanted to eat a few. Instead I popped a couple of sticks of Orbit gum (my favorite) into my mouth, and my cravings became far more manageable.

Another tough issue is going out to eat. There are usually somewhat healthy choices available at most restaurants, so if you are in a situation when you must go out to eat, then do your best. Don’t drink alcohol, don’t order desert and don’t snack on chips and stuff like that. Personally I don’t like going out to eat with restrictions, I feel such restrictions takes a lot of the fun out of it. I go out to eat very infrequently, and if I do eat out, I simply make it my “cheat” meal for that week.

I hope some of these tips help. Above all, remember that everything you eat is your choice, and if it’s not helping you reach your goals, then it’s probably keeping you from them.

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