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10 Little Things You Can Do to Trick Your Body Into Eating Less

10 Little Things You Can Do to Trick Your Body Into Eating Less

Losing weight is probably right up there with the many wishes and yearly resolutions made by millions, if not billions, of people all over the world. That may sound like an exaggeration, but it’s most likely true. I mean, people have transitioned from eating to live to living to eat. Some get to control their appetite; for others — not so much.

Fret not: there are still plenty of ways to curb your appetite and no, you won’t starve, and that’s a promise. All you have to do is trick your body into eating less. We’ve gathered the 10 of the best little things you can do to hack your hunger hormones.

1. Drink more water.

This is probably the easiest hack. Water has plenty of health benefits and one of them is its ability to make us feel full. The best way to go about it is to drink 4–6 glasses of water 15–30 minutes before a main meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) so your stomach would only have space for the food you have to eat. The best part? Water contains NO CALORIES. Awesome, right?

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2. Use smaller plates.

Many people think this trick doesn’t work, but we say they’re just not trying. The hack in this is conditioning your body into thinking it’s eating a whole plate of food. People have a tendency to fill up their plates the moment they see a food source, so why not make the plate smaller and still end up full?

3. Keep away from the source.

Seeing food is enough to make us want to eat even if we’re not really hungry. This is quite troublesome when it comes to parties or buffets where food is literally about to spill from the tables. What you can do is pick the food you want to eat and step back and walk away. It’s like a mantra: see no food; eat no food.

4. Chew your food more.

Our stomach isn’t a good appetite sensor and takes a while before it signals us to stop eating. By the time it does, we’ve already consumed half the pizza. Chewing your food more lets you spend more time eating one bite before going for the next. This allows our stomach to properly notify our body if it’s full without overeating. So not only do we eat less, but there’s more pizza for everybody!

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5. Eat vegetables first.

Vegetables are a good source of all that is healthy and good in the world. One of those healthy and good things is fiber, and fiber happens to be a great appetite suppressant. It works like water since fiber makes us feel full even if we only eat a few bites of it. It’s good for digestion too, if you know what I mean.

6. Don’t buy snacks or sweets.

The mere sight of snacks and sweets make us go “I want food” and we can’t help it. Snacks and sweets are visually attractive and salivating and the more we see them, the more we eat them — but they’re pretty high in empty calories. Removing them from your fridge or food cabinet will make you control your appetite more.

7. Talk to people.

Talking to people while eating helps curb appetite. Just like the “chew” hack, talking allows the passage of time and makes our stomach properly detect if we’re still hungry or already full. By the time you finish discussing the latest “Game of Thrones” episode, you’ll be full enough to take your leftovers and store it in the fridge for another day.

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8. Stack up on fruits.

This is the exact opposite of buying snacks and sweets. If you have to eat something, at least choose a fruit. Not only are they healthier for you, but they also make you feel full faster.

9. Portion, portion, portion.

Plan your meals as far as a week ahead if you can. Pack the food you need to eat daily in small containers and remove one for each day. This way, not only do you get to control the amount of food you eat, but you also get to save money by sticking to your budget. Two birds with one stone!

10. Eat when you need to eat.

The last hack is all about mental discipline. Before you open up a bag of potato chips or pop open a can of soda, ask yourself: “Am I really hungry? Am I going to let this snack get the best of me?” Sometimes you just have to fight with yourself, but so long as you keep an eye on the finish line, you’ll always make the right decision.

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Got anymore little hacks to keep the food out? Tell us more in the comments section.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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