It’s 2 p.m. The day is dragging on and you need something to help you pull through. Do you walk to the nearest vending machine or into the closest gas station? All those $1 sugary snacks can be fought off with a couple helpful tips and a little determination.
The average adult human uses 2000 calories day. We eat these calories during our three main meals of the day. People begin to gain weight when they convince themselves they need a small snack or an extra meal to carry them through the day. Those bags of chips and packs of Ding Dongs are partly responsible for the obesity epidemic that continues to plague the U.S.
If you’re looking to curb your vending machine addiction or are looking to shed a couple pounds in general, there are lots of great tips available:
- If you eat a healthy breakfast, there is more motivation to eat healthy for the rest of day. If you’re craving a cheeseburger for lunch or a Snickers from the break room, tell yourself, “I had a healthy breakfast today. I can’t spoil it.”
- Drink 12-18 ounces of water 20 minutes before your next meal, or when you start to feel hungry. The water will fill your stomach and will take the edge off hunger for at least the next half hour. You can keep drinking little sips to help.
- Leave the loose change and one dollar bills in a savings jar at home. Living healthy can also save money. If you buy a $1 snack every day and you work 5 days a week, cutting back on snacks for a month will let you spend $20 on something much more rewarding than a candy bar.
- Dieting is almost all psychological. If you tell yourself you can do it, then you can. Remind yourself how much more you’ll enjoy dinner if you don’t eat an afternoon snack.
There are also printable motivational sheets you can take with you and give to your friends. When dieting, there’s strength in numbers! Here’s a fun tip sheet on what you can do to avoid vending machines:
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