He needs complete self control or things can get real ugly, real quick.
What is the key to learning this type of self control? Is there a way for us to utilize this when it comes to nutrition and dieting rather then on a minute to minute basis?
We’ve already discussed tips and guidelines to follow to stay motivated, but some people may need a little something extra…and that’s okay!
Knowing when you need to have Self Control with your Hunger
A lot of people, included me, often mistake boredom, stress, or even loneliness for hunger.
It’s a huge problem for men, women, everyone…so don’t feel bad if your thinking of all the times you’ve just pigged out when you weren’t even hungry. I always think of girls after a break-up drowning it out with brownies, chocolate ice cream and The Notebook DVD. It’s a little sexest, but it helps me remember that we need self control when it comes to our hunger.
Another thing that gets in the way of our self control is our cravings. Obviously this ties right into the above and we definitely need to know when our cravings are really just boredom or something else, BUT cravings can also come about for things that aren’t exactly in our diet regime.
I’m sure you’ve heard the Lays slogan “Bet you can’t eat just one!”. Guess what, it’s kind of genius!
Once you begin eating carbs your body will begin craving more! The worst part is, they won’t fill you up nearly as fast as if you were eating fats or protein (which you’re more then likely not getting).
It’s important that you not only restrict yourself from making the stupid mistake of pigging out when you’re not REALLY hungry, but also to know when to curb your cravings. But, how can anyone resist delicious pizza, burgers, chipotle, and all these things that we LOVE and aren’t in our diet plan!?
It’s time to start thinking of your food differently…
There’s only one thing that’s going to help you when it comes to self control. You need some motivation. There are a couple ways to do this.
Remember why you started:
Everyone has a reason for starting their diet, and I’m sure you have one too. Recently I began restricting a bit more in my diet to drop some weight for a surprise vacation. Every time I tried making an excuse about why I can “just eat one” I remembered why I started and what my overall goal was. I needed to stay strict and stick to my guidelines in order to reach it.
Track your progress and goals:
Having an overall goal is amazing and you can always think back to it, but it’s also good to track your progress. A lot of people quit because they don’t see any results. Who wants to do something they hate if it’s getting them no where? I know I don’t. Keep track of your progress on the scale, in the mirror, with a tape measure, or however you need to keep yourself reminded of how important this is.
Start thinking of your food as fuel:
When you begin realizing that everything you put in your body is fuel, you can start really jumpstarting your hulk-like self control. Knowing that when you eat certain foods will give you negative set-backs, but when you eat other things you’ll have positive results on both your mind and body aesthetics, will allow you to say “NO” to certain foods! Everything you put in your body has an effect, so while it is okay to cheat on some occasions, you should be aware of what foods are good and which are just slowing you down!
Know which foods are fuel and which are not
Begin studying some guidelines and know what types of food are good for you, and which you should consider fuel! Your body may use some of those carbs you’re eating as energy, but do you know what else is happening to the excess? Learn about what foods you can and can’t eat before you begin starting a diet on a limb!
Map out your guidelines and stick to them
If you don’t have a clear cut set of guidelines, then how are you going to use your newly found self control?
Whatever your guidelines are, you need to map them out ahead of time in order to be able to stick to them. There is no use starting something without knowing what that something is…
Maybe you’re giving yourself one cheat meal a week, or maybe you know you won’t be able to sustain a diet without at least two…and heck, either one of these is fine, but the most important thing is to get started and have guidelines for yourself.
It’s time to take your map, use your self control and knowledge and begin getting Superhero Jacked!
When thinking of fuel, you have to know when you’re tank is full!
We already discussed the concept that you want to think of your body as fuel, which means it’s also important that you don’t overflow your tank!
You don’t sit there and overflow your cup of water, or poor excess gas into your car until it’s overflowing all over the floor (that would be bad…) – you stop when the tank is full.
The same thing goes for when you’ve had enough to eat. When you feel yourself getting full, you realize the it’s time to stop eating and you don’t stuff your face some more! This is self control!
Your goal is to eat until your body is content. The reason I say body is because if I say “until you’re content” some people may be “content” after a full box of Oreos…
I know I’m fine fasting until 2-3pm after my Bulletproof Coffee and that’s just something I’m used to doing. For some people it may be 2-3 meals a day, and for others 5-6 meals a day might help. Which way is better is an entirely different opinion, but either way you’re going to need to stop eating once you’re feeling satiated.
The key to this is realizing that it take your brain about 20 minutes to realize you’re full. This means if you’re scarfing down tons of food in 30 seconds, you have no shot at controlling yourself. The hope for that left 30 seconds prior when you decided to put way to much food in front of you and then eat it way to fast.
You’re going to either need to slow down when eating portions, or begin familiarizing yourself with how little you actually need for your body to become full. You may be “still hungry” because you’re eating the wrong foods. Maybe it’s time to incorporate more food that will satiate you easier (fats and proteins are more satiating…are you getting enough?).
It’s time to listen up (not literally) and know when you’ve had enough full for your body. Start becoming familiar with your body, your habits (and forming new ones), and your self control. Use the techniques listed in this article to help you stay on track!
I hope this has you guys feeling as in control as the Hulk, and I’d love to hear from you guys on how your journeys are panning out thus far!