Still, temptation is everywhere, or at least it feels like is this time of year. As I mentioned above I read a good Fitness article recently on resisting temptation, Supersize your Self Control, which basically said you need to "exercise" your willpower so it can get stronger, just like you do your muscles. It had some good info.
My first favorite tip from the article was to come up with a Plan B. You ask yourself "what if" and devise an "if-then" plan to cope. I used this to resist Marek's Halloween candy which was safely tucked in the cupboard (until last night). I had asked myself what I would do if I started eating it. "If I eat any of Marek's candy I will open all the rest up and put it down the garbage disposal." The idea was that if I couldn't resist it, I might eventually eat
The other tip that I like: When tempted, don't ask yourself if you want to give in, "do I want a chocolate biscotti?" The article said our brains are "hard-wired" to pursue the reward (biscotti) so when faced with this question will push for the biscotti. Instead, it suggests, ask yourself something along the lines of, "Do I want to reach my fitness goals?", etc. It re-focuses our brain on a more important reward, rather than a momentary one. I also like that it's more positive, allowing me to answer "Yes!". By the way, those are Biggest Loser winners on the cover. They lost a combined 249 pounds! I haven't watched the show in years but that sure is cool.
Ok, last one...I read another article the other day (that I can't find now) about resisting temptation. When faced with temptation, make a fist. Apparently clenching any of your muscles boosts willpower. It's as if you're physically "fighting" the urge to indulge. The article said it only works if you are "focused on healthy eating" (whatever that means) and that you have to clench the muscle while facing the temptation. It used fist as an example but said "any muscle" later. I guess this might be a good time to get in some kegel's? Nothing like killing two birds with one stone!