Your emails answered: Techniques I use to stay on plan when cutting body fat.
I received an email earlier this week asking me how I avoid snacking between meals when I’m cutting body fat. As long-time readers of this site know, when I’m leaning out I go hardcore: not a single bite of food off my planned cutting diet, no cheat meals, no alcohol, no missed workouts and no excuses. Depending on how you attack your fat loss program, healthy snacking between meals may be just fine, but obviously for people like me who choose to cut in “all or nothing” mode snacking between meals is 100% out of the question. Today’s blog is for those people.
There are several tricks and techniques–some mental and some physical–that I employ to help get me through the cravings.
At the base level, I structure my meals so that I’m eating every 3 hours. It helps to know you’re never more than a couple hours away from some food, and makes it easier to hang tough.
When you’re cutting body fat you’re in a caloric deficit, and you’re going to be hungry at times (possibly most of the time). Learn to enjoy the feeling, make friends with it. When I’m cutting I adopt a mindset that actually embraces hunger pangs between meals. It helps me to imagine that that hungry feeling is literally fat burning away.
Remember my million dollar challenge, which is simply this: If someone said to you, “If you go six months without a cheat meal or missing a workout I will give you $1,000,000, tax free.”. There’s not a single person reading this who would not walk away a millionaire. Keep that in mind while you’re cutting and you’ll realize that the question is never “Can I do this?” (of course you can), it’s simply a question of “How badly do I want this?” Excuses are for the weak and uncommitted.
When I’m cutting I go through a lot of chewing gum. Orbit is my favorite brand, and I buy several boxes of 24 at a time. Chewing gum has got me through some pretty tough cravings, and I would never cut without it.
I also drink lots and lots of water. Drinking water helps flush out your system, and helps keep you feeling full. I have water with me at all times during the day.
Brush your teeth. I find that I don’t have the desire to eat after brushing my teeth, and I’ve been known to brush 6 or 7 times per day when I’m cutting. Really do a good job, too: brush for at least 2 minutes, floss, scrape your tongue and use mouth wash.
For more information on healthy fat loss techniques, tips, tricks and motivational material, check out some of my Fat Loss 101 articles.