Making smart eating choices can be tough when your stomach is growling. Follow these easy tips from the ChangeOne diet by John Hastings to help you control your hunger cues:
- Instead of buying snacks at a movie, ball game or other event, chew a stick of sugar-free gum. Pretty soon you'll associate the taste of gum, rather than high-calorie food, with that setting.
- At parties, stand as far away as you can from the bowls of chips, dips and other munchies.
- On car trips, plan ahead by bringing a few healthy snacks. (See the Related Recipes, right, or search our Recipe Finder for more great ideas!) If you have a tendency to munch in the car, bring just a single serving, not the whole box. Put the rest in the trunk.
- Buy snacks in small packs. If you buy the giant size to economize, divide it into single-serving bags or containers as soon as you get home.
- Put the healthiest snacks where you'll see them when you first open a kitchen cabinet or the refrigerator. Hide the others behind them.
- Don't snack in your office. (And definitely don't keep bags of chips or pretzels in your desk drawer.) Go somewhere else—the kitchen, cafeteria, lounge or outside. That way you won't associate your office with food.
- At home, enjoy your snacks in the kitchen—and nowhere else.
- Don't eat to relax. Relax, then eat. Stress can be a big factor in making unhealthy eating choices.