Perhaps the most challenging aspect of dieting is avoiding relapse, and whilst it’s only natural that we give in to temptation every so often, constantly doing this will not only stunt your progress, but also undo your hard work and effort. Luckily for us, there are a number of healthy substitutes to the foods we dearly crave during our dieting period. Throughout this article, we will highlight some of these alternatives, to help you live happier, healthier and strive towards the achievement of your short and long-term goals.
Chocolate and Sweets – The aged-old craving that we all yearn for throughout our dieting; I guess you never really know how much you miss something, until you can’t have it – at least that’s the case with chocolate and sweets. Controlling the cravings isn’t a difficult task, however, particularly when you have our trusty recommendations at your disposal. Often, these cravings become the most difficult to combat at times when you’re after a quick, easy snack, and so, just before dinner, or late at night you find yourself making a trip to the cupboard reaching out for those nasty treats.
Alternatives: Nuts and seeds are an important snack to keep at arm’s length. Whilst, nuts such as almonds and macadamia contain high levels of fat (healthy fats, mind you), they contain far less preservatives and sugar in comparison to that chocolate bar you were thinking about getting out of the vending machine – ensure you stick to the ‘in moderation’ principle of course! Fresh fruit is another quality craving quencher – an apple for instance, not only helps fill that gaping spot in your stomach, but also provides a number of vitamins and antioxidants beneficial to your health. Our low fat, low sugar protein ball recipe, or easy pita bread pizza are perfect, quick alternatives to late night cravings which can be stored and eaten as you please!
Tips: Get rid of excess snacks (no, don’t eat them!), and ensure they stay well clear of your shopping trolley during your weekly grocery purchasing. You can’t eat what isn’t staring you in the eye!
Weighing your food is another important aspect of effectively abiding by your diet and weight loss objectives. Measuring what you are taking into your body (calorie counting), ensures you are not only receiving a well balanced diet but also that you are eating a diet low enough in calories to lose weight. Weighing food is far more effective than guesstimating as you gather a complete idea of what you are taking in to your body, and can easily correct issues, which may be hindering progress such as not enough protein or too high a fat intake.