Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

Top tips to help curb those unhealthy snacking habits

MIDNIGHT SNACKING… If you want to try and stop munching after dark you need to start writing down the things you know you shouldn’t be doing.

This week’s article comes all the way from across the Atlantic Ocean in America.

I’m currently stopping off in the beautiful town of Morrow Bay making my way up the West coast towards Monterey for my sister’s wedding.

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It has been an unreal experience so far and we got to stay, and meet up, with family and friends that I haven’t seen for years.

One evening we were having a BBQ and the conversation turned to fitness and healthy eating, of course I was tucking into my second piece of dessert at the time – well I am on my holidays! I gave a piece of advice that struck a chord with some people that night when I advised them to ‘start with what you know’.

This is something I hear all the time, ‘I know I should be exercising more’ or ‘I know that’s bad for me but I still eat it’.

If this is you then please don’t say another word. Instead go back over what you have just said and take it from there. This may sound so simple, but if you take the time to sit back and really reflect or write down what you do know, then the chances are you can reach your health and fitness goals with your own knowledge and
willpower.

Let’s take late night snacking on junk food as an example of this. You know that it’s bad for you and that you shouldn’t do it if you are trying to lose weight but we still do, myself included.

The first thing is to acknowledge that it’s happening.

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The next step is to take action.

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Most of us can acknowledge that we are doing it but don’t stop there. We continue on doing what we know we shouldn’t and in no time at all it becomes a habit, a bad habit at that.

To fix this I suggest that you physically write down the things you know you shouldn’t be doing. In this case snacking late at night. Next to that write down ways in which you can fix this problem.

Again this will be stuff you know how to do. For example, don’t bring junk food into the house. If it’s not there you can’t eat it.

If you do need your chocolate fix now and again then buy it and consume it when you’re out of the house. Buy just the right amount that will settle your craving and stay clear of the jumbo or larger items on offer, because if you don’t finish it you’ll bring it home and eat it later, even when you say you won’t!

Other things you could write down is a time in the evening when you will stop eating, or have healthy snacks to nibble on like peanut butter and rice cakes, humus or a handful of nuts.

Once you have taken the time to write out your list just pick one or two things to work on over the next few weeks to help you change the ‘I know I shouldn’t’ to ‘this is what I am doing now’.

You can then use the same process for everything that ‘you know you shouldn’t be doing’.

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