When planning a weight loss program post pregnancy, many people make the mistake of never mentally preparing for it. And this lack of preparation can later turn out to negatively affect the success of the weight loss regimen. Mental preparation will mostly be focused on learning how to control appetite, and keeping a positive attitude towards the upcoming strict diet. In this post, we look at four simple tricks that can help you mentally prepare for your weight loss program.
Cheat Junk Foods
The biggest reason for gaining weight is junk foods. A weight loss program will require that you give up eating such items. However, this is easier said than done. After all, only a few people can resist not eating deep fried chicken, cheesy pizzas, crispy French fries etc. And if you are someone who is finding it difficult in keeping the craving for junk food in check, then the best thing you can do is to substitute such junk foods with items that look and taste nearly the same. So, replace deep-fried French fries with baked ones, sweetened cola with natural drinks with no sugar, and so on. While you won’t get the exact same taste, you will be successful in controlling your cravings for junk food.
Schedule Junk Food Intake
Now, if you feel like you definitely have to eat fatty foods and find it very difficult in being satisfied with substitutes, then the next best thing you can do is to schedule your junk food intake. Take out your notepad and make a timetable of which days you will each such food items, which items to eat, and in what quantities. For example, you might decide on eating junk food four days a week, with 80 grams of French fries on Mondays. Committing to such a schedule will allow you to satiate your desire for junk foods, while at the same time ensuring that you keep their consumption within strict limits.
If you have are someone who feels very hungry every few hours, then you should learn to control it. After all, if you can’t control such hunger pangs before the weight loss program, then there is literally no chance of you ever completing the diet program. And one good way to keep the hunger pangs in check is by visualizing that you are eating. There have been studies which have shown that people who visualize eating food actually ended up eating less food in real life. As such, this is definitely a trick you should try.
Make Weight Loss Fun
Can losing weight be fun? Of course, it can. Unfortunately, people think of weight loss as some dreary, demanding regimen that they must suffer through in order to lose weight. While weight loss procedure can be tough, it certainly does not have to be boring and dreadful. You can make it fun by undergoing the program together with a close friend, or you could look at the weight loss program as a period of experimenting with new foods and recipes. Whatever you do, make sure that you plan it out in a fun way. That alone will play a significant role in ensuring that your weight loss program turns out to be a success.