Who’s addicted to chocolate or some form of sugary goodness? I know I have been. Here are some tips to help you get over your chocolate addiction for good!
- Cut It Out For 21 Days
They say it takes 21 days without something, to prove that you are not addicted or to get over the addiction. So first step is to give up whatever your weakness is, for a full 21 days. If it’s chocolate, then that means giving up everything chocolate, including chocolate biscuits, chocolate drinks, chocolate flavoured foods, etc. This also includes “healthy” homemade chocolate treats.
The less you eat this type of food, the less you want it. For me, this is definitely true. When I’m great with my diet, I don’t actually crave foods like chocolate. But when I’m being more relaxed and having chocolate here and there, I just keep wanting to eat it!
OK so the 21 days is up and you haven’t touched anything chocolate. You may want to, but don’t go and binge out on chocolate! Don’t reward yourself with chocolate because you haven’t had it.
The next step is to have willpower. Allow yourself to eat a bit of chocolate say once (or twice) per week, without eating large quantities of it, and without going back to eating it all the time. And if you’ve got a lot of junk food options at work, you need to have the willpower to say NO. As I mentioned, the less you eat it, the less you want it. Now, I don’t necessarily plan to have chocolate or junk food. I just eat really well when I can, and then if I go out for dinner with friends or family, I’ll allow myself to eat foods that I typically wouldn’t.
- Don’t Buy It
You can’t eat chocolate if you don’t have it in the house â€“ so don’t buy it! This makes it SO much easier to stick to eating healthy at home. If you know you have other trigger foods, then don’t buy these either.
- Increase Protein And Fibre Intake
Two things that a lot of females are deficient in are protein and fibre. Both of these have the highest thermic effect of food, meaning your body will use up more calories to digest these types of foods. Both are really great for keeping you feeling full for longer and will stop you from wanting to snack on the bad stuff.
High protein foods include lean meats, eggs, nuts, protein powders, soy and dairy. High fibre foods include fruits (especially apples), green vegetables, avocados, lentils, soy, chia seeds and other nuts and seeds.