3 Ways to Prevent Yourself From Constantly Eating Sweets
How to eliminate the urge of unneeded deserts
There are some cookies in the kitchen that would be so good right now. Nobody would notice if I were to just take one. Plus I deserve it, it’s been a long day and I’ve been craving one since this morning. Just one cookie wouldn’t hurt, right?
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of eating unhealthy sweets on a daily basis. Let’s face it, we all have a sweet tooth and it’s not going anywhere. All of our life we’ve been building up a list of our favorite desserts and now that we’re older we have access to these deserts whenever we want. The only downside is that eating too much of these little treats can lead to significant weight gain.
Is there a way to stop having these uncontrollable cravings when we’re actually trying to lose weight?
At the end of the day, it comes down to discipline. Even though this is something that you say you can stop doing whenever you feel like it, you can’t.
One cookie a night turns into a whole bag a night before you know it. We make up different narratives in our heads that somehow justify that we should be eating these sweats. Ideas like “I’ll just burn it off tomorrow,” or “just one won’t hurt.” These lies that we tell ourselves are what lead us to many more unhealthy choices that we make in our lives.
Without discipline, these habits of eating sweets whenever we want to, start to become addicting. Leading us to believe that there is no way for us to stop.
After hearing some of my family members tell me that I needed to be careful about how much sweets that I was consuming daily, I decided to make slow changes in my diet and lifestyle to help me stop. This took months of trying different things out and experimenting with different diets to see which one gave me the best results.
I’ve learned three simple techniques that have helped me to control myself more during the week when I'm surrounded by sweets. Hopefully, they’ll have a similar effect on you and your life.
Have more than one cheat day a week
This may already sound crazy but it actually has a tendency to work. Why not have one cheat day? Having one cheat day limits you to having only one day to satisfy your cravings and will leave you wanting more sweets the next day.
Having multiple cheat days back to back is a great technique to use and here’s why
Using two days to stuff yourself with all the sweets you want will ultimately leave you feeling a bit disgusted. You will feel a lot more guilty at the end of these days and will be motivated to eat healthier for the rest of the week.
I like to make myself feel a little bit uncomfortable on the weekend when it comes to eating dessert. By the next day, I don’t even want to see a pint of ice cream in my sight because I can remember the uncomfortable feeling that it gave me the day before.
This is more of a psychological game than anything. If you feel like having two back to back cheat days is too much, then use the same theory with one day. The point is that you need to somehow trick yourself into not liking sweets for a temporary amount of time.
When doing this consistently over time, you will learn more about your body and what works best for you. Remember that this is a technique to use when you are trying to eliminate the cravings that you deal with during the week.
If you want this method to be super effective when it comes to weight loss, then make sure to add in regular exercise during your time before those cheat days. I also like to exercise a little more too on one of those cheat days just so I don't feel too bad about myself.
Go to bed early
If you haven't heard, eating at night can have a major effect on the amount of weight you gain in a day. “Studies tend to show that when food is consumed late at night — anywhere from after dinner to outside a person’s typical sleep/wake cycle — the body is more likely to store those calories as fat and gain weight rather than burn it as energy, says Kelly Allison of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.”
We usually crave something sweet after dinner and before we go to bed. It just sounds like the right thing to do, and it usually leaves us with a smile before we go to sleep. The only problem is that instead of rewarding ourselves to just one dessert we end up eating more than we should.
Going to bed before we start getting these cravings will help us to stop ourselves from getting up and eating. Once you settle down and get ready for bed before eating a dessert, you will find it easier to eliminate that craving.
What you’re doing here is you’re training yourself to win the battle when it comes to certain cravings. You’re getting in the mood to sleep, not to go eat sweets.
I like to make sure that I’m pretty full from my dinner as well, leaving no room for dessert helps me to not even think about going in the pantry to grab something unhealthy.
After you eat your dinner, try to keep your mind busy if you’re not exactly tired. Personally, after I eat dinner I will go and edit the article that I’ve been working on during that day, which usually makes me pretty tired after to the point where I can just roll over onto my bed.
The more later you stay up, the more tempted you will feel to snack on something, defeat this by going to bed early.
Drink something sweet or chew some gum
Many times when we’re craving sweets, we’re not even hungry. Sometimes we just need a simple taste of something sweet to satisfy our taste buds. Luckily, there are two alternatives that you can use to cure this problem.
Drinking something sweet is one of the go-to’s that I like to do, I’ll usually pour myself less than a cup full of juice to help me satisfy my cravings. Using all-natural fruit juice is a great way to stay healthy during this process. Many of these juices contain some sugar but are a lot fewer calories than say a cookie or a donut.
Just because the number of sweets you eat may not be big in size they usually contain a lot more sugar and calories than a cup of juice. Having something sweet to drink like this should only be used for times where you feel like you can’t stop yourself from eating something bad. Drinking too much of this juice will only build your sweet tooth up even more over time.
Another alternative that I like to use when I do have some on me is chewing gum. This is super effective to use throughout the day and will keep your mouth busy as if you were actually eating a snack. By the time your gum starts losing its flavor, your taste buds will be satisfied.
You can go either way when it comes to finding something to use when feeling tempted. There are many other snacks out there that contain low calories and low sugar levels that are a lot healthier for you. Things like fruit, nuts, or zero-calorie jello. Find what works for you and use it to the best of your ability when it comes to saying no to dessert.
Eating something sweet should be a gift to ourselves when we truly deserve it. It only gets worse when we start to become spoiled and reward ourselves too much. I’ll leave you with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that says
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”