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I Ask for Health Tips And I Get Jack Sh*t
Hey there, happy campers. Jack Sh*t here to do a little guest blogulating (trick? treat? I’m not really sure…).
As the mastermind behind Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit(link to: http://jackfit.blogspot.com ), readers have come to expect wall-to-wall nonsense back at the ranch. That said, I don’t get the chance to offer real weigh-loss tips very often. I have to come over to blogs where people don’t know me very well to say what I want to say. But that’s okay; I like to travel.
Motivation is all well and good, exercise can make you look and feel better and determination can play a huge role in success on your weight-loss journey.
Dammit… sometimes you just get HUNGRY.
I mean, scarf a bag of chips hungry. I mean, “Yes, I most definitely would like fries with that” hungry. Super-size me hungry.
That’s why it’s good to have some appetite killers in your back pocket when hunger rears its fat ugly head. Here’s some stuff that generally works for me when my appetite is trying to get the better of me…
Chew on this. Sugar-free chewing gum is one of the tools I use to take the edge off my hunger. Sometimes when I go to the movies, I’ll chew an entire pack while those around me are happily putting away popcorn. I keep all kinds of gum in my car; chewing a couple of pieces on my way home keeps me from walking in the door and grabbing something out of the fridge.
Some advice to sink your teeth into.Early in my weight-loss journey, I was really trying not to eat anything after dinner. That meant that I’d often get pretty hungry right before bedtime. I found that it would help to brush and floss my teeth thoroughly. That seemed to send the message to my brain that the chow store was shut down for the evening.
Busy does it.During the day, I sometimes find my appetite waking up with a vengeance. I have a pretty regimented program for snacks and meals, so I’ll just get up and get busy. Getting your mind on something else helps get it off what your stomach’s rumbling about.
Drink your water like you oughta.Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will do wonders to curb your appetite. Often times hunger is mistaken as thirst so simply drinking water at the first sign of hunger can quickly keep your appetite in check. Another technique is to drink an 8-eight ounce glass of water before each meal. You'll be surprised at how much less you eat.
Plug in AAs.Apples are really great natural appetite suppressants. They’re only about 100 calories each, are a good source of fiber and have very little in the way of carbs. Apples are perfect for a snack and make a great substitute for more calorie-dense foods like candy bars and potato chips. Almonds are my other go-to snack… a very filling food dense in vitamins and minerals. In addition to providing a hefty dose of protein and fiber, almonds also contain the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 (which may or may not grant you super powers). They also contain vitamin E, zinc, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. While almonds do have fat in them, it’s monosaturated fat, which is the good kind.
Be a clock-watcher.I try to eat smaller meals and plan both the portion size and time of my snacks. It seems to help with my hunger if I know that I have a scheduled snack coming up in 40 minutes.
We often eat for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger. Stress, boredom, emotional issues, habit... I’ve found that getting good at playing head games with your stomach can pay big dividends with losing weight.
Thanks for letting me be semi-serious with you for a bit, and feel free to drop by Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fitone day real soon. I’ll leave a light on for you.
Thanks so much Jack! Make sure you take a gander at his blog and let him know you were there!