How To Boost Your Willpower With Your Diet

August 14, 2017

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Your willpower can indeed be influenced by the food you decide to eat. The struggle with willpower in avoiding snacks and impulse eating is both psychological and physiological.

This is why you need to learn how certain foods react in your body, for only that way will you be able to overcome willpower issues.

Not All Calories Are Made Equal

The thing is that certain foods, like protein, seem to get you the energy you need, while suppressing your appetite at the same time.

On the other hand, foods like white bread, crackers, potato chips and other essentially empty carbs seem to do the exact opposite.

We all had times when we ate a whole bag of potato chips, not being able to put it down. This equals an intake of circa 1200 calories, but we somehow still feel hungry afterwards.

Something must be wrong with this picture, right?

The culprits here are processed and refined carbohydrates and sugar-packed sodas which all numb the hormones that signal fullness, leaving you in an endless (and losing) battle with willpower.

So, what CAN we do?

Protein And Fiber To The Rescue!

“Eating proteins along with high fiber fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds have the opposite effect on your body,” says Shane Doll, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios.

“I recommend evaluating what you eat one meal at a time and making small step-by-step changes to overcome willpower issues,” adds Doll.

Here are some basic suggestions for your daily meals:

Breakfast – Eating plenty of protein is a must. Think: eggs, cottage cheese, and other high protein foods; and make sure you leave out the muffins, bread, sweetened cereal… these will only leave you feeling hungry soon after you’ve eaten.

(Check out this Avocado Breakfast Pizza recipe here!)

Lunch – Never skip lunch! A salad with vegetables and some lean protein is the winning combination. Make sure you skip the croutons, bacon, and creamy dressings. Use an olive oil and vinegar dressing instead.

(Click here for a Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs recipe!)

Dinner – Again, lean proteins and vegetables are the best choice. “You can eat whole grains and healthy starches at dinner, but just do so in moderation and in relation to your energy requirements,” concludes Shane Doll.

(Check out our list of Top 15 Tasty Dinner Recipes Under 600 Calories!)


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