What the Stopwatch Method Isn’t
This method is not a get thin quick scheme. Instead, it requires you to think differently and adapt your lifestyle accordingly. Once you get into the habit of pausing and thinking about what you plan to do when you get hungry or have cravings, you can then move forward in a more positive and healthy way.
It’s not so much the fact that you begin drinking more water or eating healthier foods as it is the fact that you’re gaining discipline. Self-control is the key to kicking addictions and the key to accomplishing goals.
When a craving hits, try to remember that it should pass. Remember as mentioned before, that a typical craving only lasts about eight to fourteen minutes. If you can get through that time frame, odds are you will not be hungry when it’s over. Just because you feel hungry at one point does not mean you have to stuff your face with Oreos or chips.
In time, the craving will subside, and you will forget all about it. If you don’t want to snack when the cravings hit, try chewing a piece of sugar free gum or eat a breath mint.
Which Snacks to Eat and Which Ones to Avoid
An important thing to know is what to avoid if and when you decide to eat a snack. Avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates like pretzels, chips, white bread, etc. Also avoid things that are very high in sugar like mentioned before. This includes cookies, cake, candy bars, and even hard candy that contains sugar.
Sugar can really throw your insulin levels out of whack. When this happens, the body converts the glucose into fat, and you still feel hungry. Try to avoid sugar at all costs. Some naturally occurring sugar in things like fruit is OK, since it is a different type of sugar that should have little or no effect on your insulin levels.
On the good side you can enjoy lots of excellent snack foods. Nuts and sunflower seeds are extremely high in healthy proteins and essential oils that are good for your heart. Oats and oatmeal are another good option, and they also make you feel full very quickly and for longer periods of time. The key here is twofold: choose snacks that are healthy but also choose snacks that will help you avoid those cravings later.
For meals, you should also follow the same basic rule. Fish and poultry are better options than most red meats. Cheese is ok in moderation, and low-fat cheese is even better since it does not contain as many empty calories. Avocados are an excellent choice for a food high in vitamins and protein. Eggs are also great. Boil some eggs and bring them to snack on or make your own egg salad sandwich on whole wheat bread.
The key to the stopwatch method is much like many other diets you’ve already heard about. Remembering to curb cravings and eat healthily seems easy enough at first, but it can be more difficult as time goes on. Pulling out the timer will help you to remember that the feeling of being hungry or wanting bad foods will pass within that fifteen-minute time frame.
And, if it does not, you are not denied anything. You are not forbidden to eat food when you feel hungry; instead, you have an option to eat a healthy snack that will satisfy you.
If dessert is what you crave, try a fat free yogurt with lower sugar instead. Fruit is also great, and things like cherries, plums, pears, and strawberries are all lower on the glycemic index, which means they should not cause weight gain. Of course, whole grains are also important and can help to regulate blood sugar. They also regulate your digestive system and rid the body of cholesterol. Eating whole grain bread and pasta is an excellent alternative to white bread and white pasta.
If you have snacks, and when you eat meals it’s also important to remember to eat slowly. I have found that the slower you eat, the less hungry you will feel later. In addition, it is better for your body and teaches it to digest the food completely and properly.
It can take up to 20 minutes for the brain to communicate to the body that it’s full. This means the longer you take to eat, the sooner you’ll feel full and the less you’ll want to eat later on.
I have tried many different diets over the years, and some were more effective than others. Essentially this method combines some of the basic principles of these diets and allows you to get some self-control back in your life. When we have control over our lives and what we put into our bodies, we have higher self-esteem and feel better about ourselves.
When I started dieting, I wanted to see results overnight much like most of the people reading. But in time I learned that it takes patience and dedication to utterly lose weight and keep it off.
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