I hope all of you have liked the health and fitness posts we’ve been featuring here on LaurenConrad.com this month. The other day I was going through our LaurenConrad.com Editorial emails, and I noticed that a lot of you who are doing my Bikini Boot Camp Plan are struggling with keeping your mind on track to achieve your goals. I know that it can be easy to get a little side tracked, but all it takes are a few small changes and clever thinking to get self-motivated again. That said, you may need to play a few tricks on your brain to get your discipline back to where it once was…

Without further ado, here are five ways to think yourself thinner:Slim Tip: 5 Ways to Think Yourself Thinner

  1. Keep the junk food out of sight and out of mind.
    Take some time to clean out your kitchen. Throw away all of the junk food, sweets, soda and other unhealthy temptations that you may have bought in a time of weakness (yep, that includes that buttery microwavable popcorn too). If you aren’t seeing these temptations on a daily basis, you will have an easier time forgetting that you were craving them in the first place.
  2. Trick your mind into thinking you’re eating more.
    Using smaller plates and bowls will create the illusion that you are actually eating a larger portion of food than you really are. If you’re cooking dinner that you’re going to eat for leftovers the rest of the week, it’s easy to serve yourself a larger portion than you need. Use miniature flatware and you will feel satisfied by a smaller amount.
  3. Drink water when you think you’re hungry.
    If you sense a feeling of hunger in between meals and start craving a snack, try sipping on water first. You will be surprised how much a glass of H20 can satisfy you. And afterweards, if you feel hydrated but you’re still hungry, you’ll know for certain that you need a snack. Just make sure to pick a healthy option that has some protein, like one of these.
  4. Don’t eat until you’re stuffed.
    According to Livestrong, there is an old Japanse expression that means eat until you’re 80% full: “Hara hachi bu.” Sticking to this phrase is a great way to start slimming down. Eat slower, take smaller bites, and make sure you are focusing on eating instead of getting distracted by your computer or TV. You will eventually “train” your stomach into only needing smaller portions of food, and you will feel lighter after every meal.
  5. Avoid emotional eating and take a hike.
    How many times have you sat on the couch and thought, “I’m hungry” when really you’re just bored? I’ve definitely been guilty of it before. Any time you feel bored, stressed or angry, avoid heading into the kitchen. Instead, just take a walk. Even if you’re going outside to grab the mail, it will help you to rethink eating the extra calories that you aren’t actually hungry for.

Do you have any tips for sticking to your fitness goals?

Leave your tips and tricks below! And if you liked this post, be sure to check out more of my favorite fitness posts below:
Get Fit: It’s Bikini Camp Time!
Shape Up: Walk the Block
Slim Tip: Boost Your Metabolism
Slim Tip: Surviving the Snack Attack

XO Lauren

Sources: Livestrong
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