When you’re trying to lose weight it’s important to follow a structured diet. Just eating whatever you want willy nilly is how you put on that weight in the first place and continuing to do so isn’t helping you lose it any faster. One of the most important things that you can do to make real progress in losing weight is learning how to tell yourself no. It’s not something that you will be able to do day one of your diet, but with some willpower and a little bit of practice then you’re going to be just fine.
Learning to control when you stop eating is particularly difficult if overeating is one of the problems that you currently have with your diet. It gets even harder around the holidays when you have all sorts of tasty treats and delicious comfort foods that you might be used to having as much as you want of, but eating until the button pops off your pants can have catastrophic results on your weight loss progress. One tip for being able to stop yourself is having good portion control and, even more specifically, having a clear cutoff point for when you should stop eating.
Portion control is one of the cornerstones of a successful diet, which helps you directly manage how many calories, carbs, fats, and other important dietary building blocks are going into your body versus how much work you’re putting out to burn it off. If you’ve spoken to a dietician or nutritionist and established a good caloric goal then you’ve made a great first step. From there you should take the time to know how many calories are in your favorite holiday foods and when you have solid numbers to work with you should get a clear picture of what a healthy plate looks like compared to overeating.
Once you have the numbers down, the rest is all up to your own willpower. Of course this is going to be the toughest part because you’ve spent your whole life learning exactly how to tell yourself that it’s fine to have another slice of pie or another helping of mashed potatoes. If you want to try to practice then give yourself a portioned plate of some of your favorites and see if you can stop on your own when you know you’ve had enough. If you’re still worried about overeating then maybe ask a friend or family member to help keep you on track. Just don’t get upset at them when they let you know you’ve gone over the line because they’re just trying to help.
At the end of the day, knowing when to stop is just an extension of good portion control and intake management, which is something you can do even if you’re still getting a handle on your diet and exercise. If you really want to lose that weight then you’ll have no problem finding the strength to tell yourself when enough is enough.