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No More Overeating! 4 Simple Tips for Controlling Your Diet

No More Overeating! 4 Simple Tips for Controlling Your Diet

It doesn’t matter whether you are watching your weight or making a lifestyle change to a more healthy and balanced diet; overeating is the biggest enemy. We know how much we should eat and what it takes to keep us going, but still we cannot seem to help ourselves sometimes. Having eaten too much, we can either just accept the fact or try to make up for it by eating less later or exercising more. This works to some extent, but wouldn’t it be better to keep from overeating altogether? Of course it would, and by adding a few simple self-control mechanisms, you can increase your odds quite a bit.

The problem with overeating is not, as some people claim, just bad character or lack of motivation. The truth is that we are fighting our own brains, which are trying to protect us from starvation. It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are, your mind does not comprehend that there is more food coming—here and now is what matters to your brain when it comes to food. When food was scarce and food supplies varied a lot, overeating was sensible. Nowadays it’s not. Even though you will feel full after a while when you eat, there is a delay between when you’ve had enough, to the time your brain realizes that. During this time you will keep eating, and you’ll end up feeling stuffed, knowing you’ve had too much.

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I hinted earlier that it has to do with control: you need to make sure your brain picks up on the signals it needs to keep it from cheering you on while you eat. All the tips below help to ensure that you slow down or lower your calorie intake a little bit while eating. When your food intake becomes a bit slower, your brain has time to catch up with the signals from your body. No more overeating.

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The Tips:

  1. Start with vegetables.
    By starting with your vegetables before moving on to the meat, pasta, rice or potatoes you get multiple benefits. First, you make sure that you get all the nutrition from the vegetables on your plate, and secondly, you start filling up with low calorie, healthy food so that you can feel satisfied earlier. Finally, you give your stomach a little head- up before the heavier stuff arrives.
  2. Chew, chew, chew, chew.
    By chewing every bite for longer, you automatically slow down your digestion which is what you want to happen. You also make sure that the digestive enzymes in your saliva get mixed with the food before moving on to the stomach. Digesting the food starts already here and it is an important step.
  3. Take breaks.
    This is a pretty obvious tip, but one that many people seem to forget constantly. After eating a few mouthfuls, put down your knife and fork and just take a break. Talk to the people you’re eating with, and let your body and mind catch up with your food intake.
  4. Stop when satisfied.
    There is a difference between being full and being satisfied. Being satisfied is when you have eaten enough; you are no longer hungry but still not full. This is the perfect amount—feeling full basically means that you have maxed out. Learn to feel the difference and act on it.

Take Control

By applying any combination of the tips (preferably all of them) you take control of your eating habits, and when you take control, great things happen. Eating healthy or maintaining a diet requires self-control, and now you have 4 simple techniques to help you on your way.

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What is your preferred method of maintaining control?

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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