I shared on Facebook last week that I was committing to give up my BLTS during the month of January, and I was truly surprised by the response I got. I don’t know why I assumed that I was the only one that struggled with this, but I heard from LOTS of people that they wanted to give these up, too! So I decided to share some tips in this week’s newsletter for how you can combat these BLTS, my nemeses, and very likely yours as well: Bites, Licks, Tastes, and Sips.
Why is it that we have this sneaky notion that if we’re standing up and eating something, it doesn’t count. I mean, it wasn’t on a plate, right? No one saw! It’s practically calorie-free! By themselves they might not be a big deal, but over the course of a day, they add up. They count. And they can seriously undermine your health and weight goals.
If you know me, then you know that I don’t believe in the D-word (diet) because they don’t work. Anyone can lose weight when dieting, but what happens when you go off the diet? Most people gain back the weight and then some! I like to use the word “lifestyle” instead because it implies an ongoing process of reasonable, sustainable, mindful eating through which one can maintain their desired weight without deprivation and self-loathing. And isn’t that better than a dumb diet where the only thing you’ll get at the end of a period of total deprivation is the couple extra pounds you will most likely gain back when you stop punishing yourself?
My Plan to Combat BLTS (Bites, Licks, Tastes and Sips)
•If it’s not on a plate, don’t eat it. Don’t pick, nibble, grab, or steal bites off other people’s plates.
•If it’s not on a fork or spoon, don’t eat it. Eating food properly off your plate slowly with a fork will make you more conscious about what you’re doing and make you less likely to pick at BLTS later.
•Are you hungry or not? If you’re hungry, eat a proper meal. If you’re not, don’t graze. Have a glass of water instead.
•Overeating is the direct result of undereating. The more you deprive yourself, the more likely you’re going to fall prey to costly BLTS later. I encourage my clients to fuel their body about every 3 hours to avoid overeating.
•Think of it as a treat instead of a cheat. It’s okay to treat yourself in moderation, but own it! If you feel guilty and think all those lame “oh I shouldn’t have, I’m so bad” thoughts, you’ll be more likely to sneak-eat out of guilt on the sly. Pick your moments to splurge and enjoy without guilt.
•Sit down! Don’t ever eat anything standing up. Sit down, relax, take your time and enjoy what you’re eating when you eat it, and you’ll cut out mindless grazing later on.