Using pure willpower to overcome cravings doesn’t always work. But don’t worry, you done have to tough out an unrelenting mind-set to eradicate those cravings, all you need to do is fool yourself into thinking you didn’t actually want to eat junk food in the first place. Trust me, it’s easier than you think and there are a number of different ways in using the mind to help you with your weight loss. It sounds too good to be true, but to think yourself thin, you need to have patience. One major mental block to weigh loss is wanting too much, too fast. If you want to blame someone, blame our instant-gratification society, weight loss is too slow to satisfy most dieters. So creating a persevering state of mind will keep you ahead of your goals whilst steadily losing weight. Here are some mind techniques that will assist you in losing weight:

Visualise an internal pause button

The next time you want to reach for a big bowl of sweets, picture yourself hitting a pause button in your brain. Most of the time, when that chocolate bar or glass of wine is sitting there before us; the majority of us don’t hesitate to indulge in these luxury treats. Yet, if you ‘think pause’ and consider your decision for 10 minutes before making the actual decision, your craving is most likely to pass away.

Create a list of distractions

Before cravings strikes, be ready to combat it by having a ready list of alternative activities to keep you on the straight and narrow. There a number of things to distract yourself with, try a new poker name, take a walk or read a book. By creating these distractions, just watch how the cravings diminish when you firmly focus your mind on something else.

Have realistic expectations

When the doctor asks their patients how much they want to weigh, the number is often one that is realistically attainable, certain doctors will have their patients identify a realistic weight range. This won’t cause any disheartening moment in regards to reaching your goals because if you set realistic targets, by being committed these targets should be met.

Substitute junk food with healthy foods that reflect junk food

Find healthy snacks alternatives that share the some of the same qualities as the fatty food you’ve got a craving for. Craving a bag of crisps? Well, why don’t you have a batch of satisfying crispy kale chips instead, or replace ice cream for fruit filled smoothies. As time goes by, your taste buds and brain will adjust and learn to like these healthier options.

The apple trick

The next time you’re standing in front of the refrigerator and your trying to figure out what you’re craving- you might not actually be that hungry. To figure out if your genuinely hungry, ask yourself if you’d eat an apple if that was the only thing in your fridge, if the answer is yes, you are then hungry and if the answer is no, simply just drink water, because at the end of the day you’re not hungry, it’s just your cravings seeping into your mind.