Yes, Even YOU Can Resist Food Temptation (Here’s How!)

African American Black woman deciding between chocolate and saladStarting a fitness goal is empowering and refreshing. It feels great to set big goals for yourself and start on them with much enthusiasm and optimism. Resisting temptation is easy when you’re motivated, but how do you resist temptation when it gets tough?

We’ve all encountered those pro dieters and think to ourselves ,“How do they do it?” Truth is, they don’t have anything you don’t; they have simply practiced saying “no” over and over again until it becomes second nature.

Take the first steps towad being the next dieting pro with these tips to help fight those urges to give in to your cravings.

Preparation

This is the most effective way to resist temptation. It is also the most difficult, but there is a reason why meal prep is becoming more popular than ever. Preparing your meals ahead of time takes out the guess work when it’s time for food and eliminates the option for something much less diet friendly.

Meal prep might seem intimidating but simplify your diet as much as possible and play around with condiments (with moderation, of course). It doesn’t take any extra time to throw a few extra pieces of chicken breast in the oven and this simple process is the start of developing better habits that benefit you in the future.

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When your meals are prepared, you are not relying on your will (which is short lived) to get you to your goals. It does the hard part for you; you are reprogramming your brain to not make food choices out of convenience and that automatically cuts out a lot of processed foods. It is important to also make sure you prepare the right foods in the right amount. Whole foods keep you fuller longer which ties into the next most important factor in resisting temptation.