Stop Relying on Willpower to Lose Weight

Willpower is a limited resource, but when you’ve got healthier routines, you’ve got something better than willpower. You’ve got skill-power!

We all face difficult diet scenarios every day. All it takes is a trip to the office break room to put your entire day’s success in jeopardy! The best way to successfully manage your calories is to have a diet plan that you can tap into when you are in a tough eating situation. That’s the difference between skill-power and willpower. If you don’t have any custom strategies yet, try some of these.

Beat the Morning Munchies

Plan out and prep a healthy and filling breakfast the night before. Make it easy to grab and go so that a hectic morning doesn’t lead to an unhealthy meal.

Bring Healthy Foods with You

Don’t let hunger catch you unprepared. Find healthy foods that are easy to pack and easy to make when you’re on the go.

Don’t Let Work Stress Get to You

Take a quick “walk break” instead of a “snack break.” Ten minutes out and ten minutes back can help you reduce your stress and reset your resolve.

Avoid Grocery Store Temptations

Eat something before you set foot in the store so you’re not shopping hungry. Try avoiding the middle aisles (where all the junk food lurks) and go wild in the produce section instead. Don’t forget to stock up on healthy low-calorie snacks.

Prep for the End-of-Day Sweet Tooth

Have a healthy sweet treat prepped and ready to go when you need it most. Frozen grapes, fresh watermelon or canned pineapple (in its own juice) are some of our favorites!

It’s Hard to Keep Saying “No” to Unhealthy Foods

That’s why it’s important to remove temptations and surround yourself with lots of “Yes” foods (low-calorie foods plus lots of fruits and vegetables). You don’t need go hungry to eat healthy!

Old Habits Are Hard to Break

The secret is to fill the void, by replacing old, unhealthy behaviors with new, healthier habits. To-do behaviors are the focus of a healthy weight loss program because it keeps the task clear, which helps you stay focused and committed.

We’ve found that the more you do of the “to-do’s,” the more likely you are to reach your weight-loss goals—more fruits and veggies, more planning and more physical activity. It’s simpler, more motivating, easier to keep up, and develops the healthy routines that can help you stay strong all day and every day.

If you’d like to learn more about permanent weight loss, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment with Dr. Isaacs using the online booking tool on this website.

Author
Scott Isaacs, MD Endocrinologist and Weight Loss Specialist

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