Beat the Cravings, the Smaller Waist Enemy

It doesn’t matter how hard we try, everyone becomes a victim of those nasty little cravings. It’s even worse when you are on a serious weight loss regimen. Even if you are not trying to lose weight, but just maintain the status quo, cravings can wreck havoc on your regular dietary routine. Before you know it, you are overdoing things, and your calorie count becomes decimated. For the most part, we know that eating low fat healthy food, and proper fitness is essential for staying healthy, but sometimes it seems 24 hours is just not enough to deal with a hectic schedule, and squeeze in the time it takes to exercise, and prepare healthy meal. That smaller waist will just have to wait.

One of the best strategies to combat those cravings and keep your diet intact is to plan ahead. Eat 5 to 6 smalls meals a day about 2.5 to 3 hours apart. Try not to skip any of these meals. I spoke about the benefits of these smaller meals in a earlier article. The body takes between 2 and 3 hours to fully digest a meal. So, when the cravings begin, it’s pretty much time for your next meal. Most times when you feel that craving coming on between meals, it’s really your body signaling thirst. Stay hydrated. If you keep a bottle of water with you and take sips throughout the day, you will quite easily stay hydrated, and get rid of one of the most common causes of cravings.

At home, keep fresh fruit around. If you are hit with a craving, fruit is much better than processed snacks any day, vegetables are even better. Did you know that  the body burns more calories digesting celery than the amount of calories in the celery? Celery with your favorite low-fat dip, and you can’t go wrong. Always keep your goal in mind…a smaller waist.

Ever been to a party, conference, or meeting on an empty stomach? Setting yourself up for failure. This is the perfect storm for you to overeat. Get a healthy snack, or better yet, eat a small meal prior to attending, this will nip the cravings in the bud by the time you get there.

Moderation is key. Remember calorie-free and fat-free are not the same. Fat free snacks are great, but don’t overindulge because you see fat-free on the label, check the amount of calories. Implement these little rules of thumb and the next time you feel the cravings, you will be ready to handle them, and maintain that smaller waist.


A Short List of Fat Burning Foods For A Smaller Waist

Not only is belly fat unattractive to those of us who want that smaller waist, but belly fat has been linked to some serious diseases. The idea that you can focus your fat loss regime on belly fat specifically is not true. No worries, you can burn belly fat. The thing is, the body has it’s own process for fat burning. Here is a short list of foods that promote fat loss.

1. A healthy salad:

The ratio of  vitamins, minerals, and overall nutrition, to calories is very much in your favor when you eat a salad. Basically, your body actually burns more calories eating a salad (a healthy one), then the amount of calories in the salad.

2. Chicken:

The white meat in chicken is low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol. A very good source of protein.

3. Soy:

Soy beans, and it’s byproducts actually helps straighten out your metabolism, and burn fat. Soy is also rich in folic acid and protein.

4. Apples:

Apples are very good at tackling high cholesterol. They are rich in tannin, potassium, vitamins E and C, and magnesium.

5. Tea:

Tea contains caffeine. Caffeine burns fat. Tea has no calories, it’s high in the B vitamins, and is full of minerals.

6. Nut:

Nuts are a great source of protein. They are rich in “good” fats, the omega 3′s. The high levels of magnesium and calcium promotes fat burning.

7. Wine:

 In moderation, wine contains powerful antioxidants. Wine (again, in moderation), fights aging, and protects the heart.

8. Onion:

Onions help stabilize your blood sugar. They fight cellulite. Onions are filled with so many vitamins, it surprised me. A, C, E, the B vitamins, as well as calcium, and potassium.

9. Wheat:

Wheat only contains about 319 calories for every 100 grams. It’s rich in amino acids, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium.

10. Garlic:

Garlic is similar to onions, it’s rich in amino acids, lots of minerals, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and D. Garlic is very effective at lowering cholesterol, and stimulating your metabolism.

11. Banana:

Bananas are high in potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Bananas contain serotonin, and vitamins A, and C.

These are only a few of a long list of foods you can include in your fat burning meal plans. There’s many more. I wrote this article to show you that you don’t have to eat tasteless rice cakes (uggh!), and drink wheat grass (how long will that last?), when trying to obtain and maintain your smaller waist. Your meal plans can be healthful, and tasteful at the same time.

Get Your Mind Right For A Smaller Waist

You want a smaller waist, but dieting is a dreadful word for most of us. Uggh! Too many people looking to lose weight through dieting set a path to failure before the dieting even gets underway. We think about the tasteless food, smaller portions, and WHAT! no snacking?! We see so many negatives concerning dieting, the mishaps pile up in our minds before we make it past day one.

I want a smaller waist, so I don’t know why I do this to myself. Unfortunately, I’m far from alone here. There was a time when I binged and gorged myself before going on a diet. I know that if I want to see my waist smaller, I’m going to have to give up my favorite snacks, and junk food. Funny thing is nothing could be more false. I just had to learn to use moderation. Better yet, I had to learn to love the word moderation.

You see, if you want a smaller waist, you have to change the way you think about food, and how much you love eating before any diet you choose will work. A lot of people have to begin realizing that food is not our enemy. Even your mouth watering snacks aren’t the enemy. The problem, or enemy, is the fact that we can’t and/or won’t exercise moderation. We eat the wrong foods much more than we do the right foods. Therein lies the problem.

If we don’t eat the proper proportion of daily nutrients our body needs, our bodies know something’s not right, and the feelings of hunger and deprivation grow. We want a smaller waist so we need to know that if we eat the proper servings of healthy food,  filled with all the necessary nutrients,  we will not feel hungry, and want to snack on the foods that are less healthy. This increases our chances of eating our favorite snacks in moderation as we should.

Another issue that wrecks havoc on our goal to a smaller waist is, how we control our portions. In this world of, “Would you like me to super-size those fries?”, and “king-sized” chocolate bars, it’s harder to say no. We must train ourselves to say no, and begin to avoid the situations that would tempt us to order bigger portions than we need.

To really see positive results from dieting, get into the mindset of  enjoying and embracing the necessary steps you must go through to shrink your waist, and be a healthier you,  instead of viewing dieting as some type of deprivation punishment. Begin to change how you view your dieting goals. See the glass as half full. Put a positive spin on your journey to a smaller waist. Don’t aim negative thoughts towards your diet. When the hunger pangs arise, think about how much better you’ll look in your new healthier body. Focus your mind on how you want to look. Remind yourself that you are getting that beach body back. Tell yourself you will have a smaller waist.

Don’t get tunnel vision, and go cold turkey on your favorite goodies. Enjoy life, and don’t beat yourself up over the occasional extra portion every now and then. The theme here is balance. Train yourself to eat the right portions, view moderation as a good thing, and embrace it. Don’t forget to exercise or partake in some form of activity on a regular basis. Diet and exercise will give you the most amazing smaller waist, and body.

A dieting plan to help you get a smaller waist is only a drag if you allow it to be. Get in the proper mindset. You have full control of your thoughts. Use moderation, find your balance, and be positive when it comes to eating right. Be regular about Exercise or whatever activity you like to do. You will find that you can eat your favorite snacks without overindulging, and still burn off those extra pounds.

Yes, you can be much more successful at dieting than you ever thought possible by changing your mindset. To your success, and a smaller waist.