After the first two weeks, the cravings get easier!
1. Remove temptation!
Look we get it. Temptation is everywhere. It’s on billboards, TV commercials, and in your face during events…ahhhh!
The one place where your patient needs to get rid of temptation or rather control temptation is at home sweet home. Willpower is hugely overrated and relying on it is one of the main reasons why so many diets fail. The way to succeed is to create an environment in which it is easier to succeed than to fail.
In a book called Willpower, author Roy Baumeister explains we have a finite amount of willpower each day, which becomes depleted as our brains consume more energy. He found that completely unrelated activities (resisting chocolate, working on math puzzles, listening to a presentation) drew on the same source of energy. This helps to explain why we are so tired, especially later in the day, after we’ve been making decisions all morning or trying to suppress distractions.
Remove temptation, keep them out of sight!
2. Remind them why they are doing the program.
Nothing beats seeing that scale go down in the morning, or getting thinner everyday. Keep cheering them on. They should celeberate all positive changes no matter how small. Look for successes: Take one day at a time – look for small changes measurements, clothes, how they feel etc.
3. Understand the cravings.
Is it boredom? They need to distract themselves. Maybe they are thirsty and not hungry. Eating is one of the ways we socialize and kill time. Additionally stress and fatigue causes us to snack or reach for comfort foods. This is also part of willpower but snacking on the right foods during the program is vital. Here is a link to healthy snacks!
4. Distract yourself.
Distract yourself. When you’re not thinking about eating or what to eat, then you’re good. Go for another brisk walk, go do something, anything.
5. SOZA protein bars
Our protein bars are non-GMO, dark chocolate and sweetened with chicory root. They are low glycemic and have a very low insulin response. They are great snacks for the program.
5. Call for back-up! (do they have kids?)
Does your have patient have kids? it can be tough if your patient doesn’t get full support at home. Many of our most successful patients had kids at home. We can name a few right now, Jackie, Tony, Michele…the list goes on. They way they helped their parents, was by hiding treats and keeping treats out of sight.
That sugar cookie is REALLY unncessary. There is absolutely NOTHING special about it even if they were not dieting. Advise your patient not to be shy and reach out to anyone who can be there for them. Stay clear of saboteurs!