By avoiding black-and-white thinking, you can minimize feelings of guilt after eating something indulgent. Many people have emotional triggers that can affect their eating behaviors, and guilt may cause you to overeat or under-eat. In addition, you might overeat so-called healthy food and derail your progress.
In reality, dieting is about moderation. Ensure that you have complete nutrition by counting macronutrients. Talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian for more information about proper dieting and your fitness goals.
#2: See no evil
Secondly, it is important to remember that people respond to visual cues. The media often taps into this quality through the use of print ads and commercials. In just a few seconds, an effective commercial can make you think about the product for the rest of the day.
Likewise, looking and thinking about food is the first step of digestion. When our mind knows that food is coming, it starts revving up the digestive system in preparation. This is where many cravings start from. Because of this, try avoiding things that remind you of certain food or that can trigger a craving. This includes walking past fast food restaurants and billboards.
Therefore, to reduce cravings and thoughts about food you want to avoid, it is best to keep it out of sight and out of mind. Try to watch or read health and lifestyle blogs and videos available online. Seeing others eating and cooking healthy food can help you maintain your motivation and give you inspiration.
#3: Size matters
As mentioned previously, people often respond to visual cues. We often size things up and weigh our options based on looks before making an initial decision. In relation to dieting, bigger may be better—at least when it comes to plate size.
For some time now, a popular diet hack was to use smaller plates and bowls to for better portion control. In addition, the illusion of having a full plate would make you think you were eating more. This diet hack is based on the Delboeuf illusion, wherein an object looks smaller or larger depending on what is near it.