Anyone who has ever been on a diet or tried to curb your bad eating habits knows that at some point in the quest there will be temptation. You may be out with your friends or by yourself and there it will be. It will be the epitome of every delectably naughty food you love, and it will pop up out of nowhere, when you least expect it. Have heart though, even if you slip and indulge yourself, you can resist temptation next time with a little help.
Hunger is your worst enemy.
Staying fed will be a big step in resisting the temptation to cheat on your diet. If you are hungry all the time, then you are most likely not eating the right foods. A good diet is not about starving yourself thin. Using a meal plan that incorporates several small snack-like meals throughout the day can not only help keep your metabolism active, it can help curb your hunger.
The biggest ally temptation has is hunger. If you are wanting something to eat you are more likely to eat things you shouldn’t. Choosing healthy snacks that help you feel full longer can help curb your appetite throughout the day.
Plan your meals and be creative.
Plan your meals out carefully for the month and try to only shop once or twice for all your food. A big temptation is to pick up extras at the store that are not the best choices for your diet. Make either an exact plan, or select seven meals that can be modified so that you can alternate or choose from daily.
Having a steady meal plan and limiting what you keep around the house or how often you put yourself in the position to buy other foods can help you fight the likeliness of being tempted to cheat on your diet.
Denial is a dangerous thing.
All things in life should be done in moderation, which means keeping an eye on balance. Being on a diet does not mean that you have to completely forgo sweets and other treats that you may love and that may tempt you the most. There a lot of recipes out there for much healthier variations on your favorite dishes and treats. If you are not so inclined to trying to make up a healthier alternative, and you just have to have that slice of brownie, then go ahead.
Having a little bit of your favorite temptations is not a bad thing. It is not the end of the world, and it is not cheating when done properly. In fact, a lot of people who successfully changed their eating habits and have maintained a good diet for years incorporates what they call a weekly special. Reserve the notion that you will allow yourself a modest treat at least once a week.
A small portion of the bad foods you have been craving can keep you from slipping off your diet entirely. It is when you try to absolute deny yourself that you often end up breaking, giving in, feeling horrible and then overcompensate by starving yourself or giving up all together.