67 - Bites, Licks, And Tastes
We have all been guilty of snacking more than we should, especially when following a diet and craving snacks. You are not alone in this because everyone feels this way. We get tired of staying on track, and we want to treat ourselves with bites, licks, and tastes (BLTs) throughout the day.
However, these small things can add up and throw you off track. That is why you need to eat consciously and hold yourself accountable each day. Here is everything you need to know about BLTs and how to overcome this issue.
What Are BLTs?
In simple terms, BLTs are the small bites or tastes of food that you indulge in. When we feel like snacking, we gather our favorite snacks and think that a few bites won't hurt us. So, we start eating, and soon we realize we can't stop.
Of course, that is not the same for everyone. For example, mothers have their hands in food all day for their kids. Because of this, they tend to eat small bites of their food throughout the day.
While it may not seem much at the time, if you track all that you ate, you will realize you lost track of your diet that day. That is why it is essential to stop indulging in BLTs if you want to reach your fitness goals.
Ways Not To Indulge In BLTs
Now that you know what BLTs are, here are the many ways you can try to overcome this problem:
1. Food Journaling
Food journaling is simple and easy. You have to write down everything you eat so you can track your progress. That does not mean you write everything at the end of the day before you sleep because you will forget one thing or the other.
It means that you should write down what you eat as soon as you eat it. For example, you feel like snacking, and you go to the pantry to get some chips or snacks. As soon as you eat them, make sure to write down what you had and how much of it you had.
Repeat the same process for however many times you snack in the day. It will help you in controlling BLTs as you will start being accountable for what you are eating. Besides that, writing each and everything you eat will get tedious for you, which will reduce your desire to snack more.
Unless you are honest with yourself and you track what you eat in this way, you will not see progress. So, the next time you go for a snack, take a deep breath, write it down, and understand how it hinders your progress for the day.
2. Eat Consciously
Most of the time, we don't eat with awareness. We open a bag of chips, sit in front of the TV, and before we know it, we finish the entire bag. Snacking in this way will always hold you back from your fitness goals. That is why you need to develop an awareness of what you eat.
Instead of eating mindlessly, tell yourself the truth of what you are eating. Track what you are eating and understanding how it is happening. Developing awareness in this way will also help you determine your unhealthy food patterns.
For example, you will get to understand:
- How often you feel like snacking
- What snacks you eat the most
- What you are feeling when you turn to snacking
When you understand this and track your BLTs, it will not spin out of control. You will be able to snack in such a way that you stay in your deficit to reach your weight loss goals. That is why developing awareness, eating consciously, and determining unhealthy patterns is the key to staying on track.
3. Add Snacks To Your Meals
You don’t eat six small meals throughout the day. Instead of breaking your eating in this way, you can always stick to the main three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, if you love to have snacks, then you can always include your snacks in these meals.
Portion control is one of the most important aspects of staying on track with your goals. That is why you can take out a small portion of your favorite snack, add it to your meal, and have it with that. Doing this will allow you to reduce the habit of snacking throughout the day.
Besides that, you will eat what you love, and it will not make you feel like you are giving up on things you love eating. That is why instead of having six small meals a day, switch to the main three meals and add snacks in that. The best part of eating this way is giving your body access to fat for energy by leaving some time between meals.
So, you will be eating what you love, staying in a deficit, and your body will burn fat more effectively. If you can say no to BLTs and develop this habit of not snacking in between, you will always stay on track when it comes to your weight loss and fitness goals. After all, these small BLTs throughout the day can add up and ruin your entire progress for the day.
That was your complete guide to understanding what BLTs are and how you can overcome this problem. Snacking is something we all love to do, but you can always do it consciously instead of mindlessly. You have to keep yourself accountable otherwise, you will not reach any of your fitness goals.
That is why the next time you have the urge to start snacking, take out your pen and journal and write precisely what you ate. In the long run, this will become tedious, and it will deter you from going to the pantry and snacking too much. Nobody else will hold you accountable, which is why you need to be honest with yourself to reach the goals you have set.