We all have the problem of wanting that fudgy, chocolatey cake…well, at least I do. How do you beat those annoying sugar cravings?
The first thing you can do is not keep them in your house! Whenever you are aware that there are sweets in your house, you WILL want to eat them. You know they are there, so don’t buy them in the first place.
Second, drink lots of water throughout the day! When you are dehydrated, you get tired and you need that pick me up, usually sugar, right? Wrong. This is the first sign that you need to drink some water.
Third, eat 6 small balanced meals per day! Why? When you are eating every 2-3 hours, you are keeping your blood sugars stable, which in turn does not give you that “3 p.m. crash” we experience when we are tired and hungry!
If you really are wanting something sweet, choose healthy options such as pure dark chocolate, or a piece of fruit! Remember that you are human and it is perfectly fine to indulge once in a while.
Do you ever feel in a slump? You are trying to move forward with your fitness and eating goals but at some point you burn out. Why is that?
I have been there! I have felt like I am doing the same thing every day and eventually get burned out. In some ways, it could be difficult to overcome something like that, but when this happens, think of your goals! Why did you start exercising? Why did you start eating healthy? What is your end goal?
Ask yourselves those questions. Think about it for a few minutes and write it on paper. Do you have the same goals as when you started? Did you initially start exercising to lose weight and accomplished weight-loss? Now what?
If you feel stuck in a way that you have already hit your goals, or your results are not coming fast enough, then think about what you REALLY want.
To overcome a slump you first need to recognize why your motivation is down. Then, re-evaluate your goals and your dreams. If your daily actions are not progressing you toward your goals and dreams, it is time to change what you are doing.
Set new goals! If what you are doing is not working, you either have not worked at it long enough, or you are not setting the right goals. When it comes to fitness and health, it is not possible to change overnight. If you want true change, you have to work at it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. A six pack does not happen after a couple abdominal exercises! Love handles do not go away after a couple sets of dead-lifts and a few sprints.
It is so much easier to stick to something long-term when you enjoy it!