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How to Get More Willpower

April 24, 2018

Have you ever had a friend you had to breakup with because she kept letting you down over and over?

You need to think of willpower the same way.

If you’re convinced you’re not losing weight because you can’t control yourself in the presence of cupcakes or anywhere near a kitchen after dinner you’re probably just relying on your “good friend” willpower who’s totally MIA when you need her most… aaaand you’re probably actually really hungry, too. Don’t do this to yourself.

Here’s the thing… Willpower is a limited resource. It’s a lot like a muscle: there are only so many reps it can do before it gives out. If all day long you’re resisting cookies and resisting crackers, by the end of the day you’re all self-controlled-out and you stop resisting. The cycle repeats tomorrow, you feel like a failure and you end up here because you Googled, “how to get more willpower.

Here’s how to get more…

This is going to seem “too good to be true,” but it’s actually ridiculously easy to increase willpower. All you have to do are these two things:

1. Eat fewer meals

2. Eat the right food at those meals

Fewer meals = fewer choices. Fewer ingredients = fewer choices. 

You don’t need to count calories, you don’t need to weigh or measure portions, you don’t need to read nutrition facts and you don’t need to feel like a failure every single night because you caved again.

You do need to be actually satisfied and actually NOT hungry so that you don’t need willpower to keep you away from the donuts at the office. This means bigger portions and a fuller belly after every meal.

If you eat in a way that satisfies your body on a cellular level, you’ll never have to “try” not to eat; it becomes mindless and automatic like scratching your boobs while talking to a stranger (yes, I’m guilty of that on multiple occasions).

Eat the right foods…

Protein: poultry, fish, beef, eggs, beans (if you’re vegan)

Carbs: sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, fruit, peppers, green veggies 

Fats: avocados, nuts, seeds, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter

If you’re worried about calories and you’re grabbing “lite” or “low-fat” foods to eat less, you’re doing it wrong. Your body needs fat. If you don’t give it what it needs, it’s always going to be hungry and you’re never going to be satisfied. Don’t you want to be satisfied?! I sure do. Nothing sucks more than feeling hungry and sad for a month because you want to lose four pounds.

Ok so now what?

Try it. Start by eating MORE of the right foods throughout the day and less of anything that’s not in the list above. And of course if you want to do it right, with some guidance, my Cleanse follows these exact principles and it works like a charm.

featured image via poosh

Jenny Champion MS RD CPT

Dietitian. Mom. Boss. Read More

Xo Jenny

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