‘Diet Hacking’

It makes me cringe when people tell me they’re going on a ‘diet’.

Something that resonated with me a few years ago, and actually led to much of my weight-loss success is this: by saying you’re going on a diet, it implies that you’ll come off of your diet.

It’s best to think of how you eat in terms of longevity. Can you honestly see yourself eating this way in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years? Being healthy isn’t about dieting for a couple of months and then going back to your original ways. That will more than likely cause you to gain all of the weight you lost back, and probably even more. Being healthy is a lifestyle. That’s why how you eat should be focused on longevity.

If you’re like me and get bad cravings and just straight up love food, I highly suggest you start to use something I call ‘diet hacks’. I use ‘diet hacks’ every single day. It’s been key to my weight-loss success, and has kept me going for over 3 years, without feeling like I’m really missing out.

‘Diet hacking’ is when you find healthier, typically lower-calorie food alternatives in order to satisfy your cravings. By using ‘diet hacks’, it’s easy to feel like you’re not missing out on some of your favorite foods, while still keeping your calories low enough in order to continue losing weight. Below are 3 of my favorite ‘diet hacks’:

1.) Unhealthy Food: Pint of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (sweet craving)

‘Diet Hack’ Alternative: Halo Top Ice Cream- Halo Top is a low-calorie ice cream. They come in individual pint sizes, ranging from only 240–360 calories. In comparison, one pint of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is going to cost you anywhere between 900–1,300 calories. Yeah, big difference.

Also, for those of you who are against artificial sweeteners, you’re safe! Halo Top is all natural and still delicious. They do have a wide variety of flavors, but I highly suggest their Peanut Butter Cup flavor!!!!

2.) Unhealthy Food: Potato Chips (or popcorn… salty craving)

‘Diet Hack’ Alternative: Salted or Flavored Sunflower Seeds- I personally love the dill pickle and ranch flavored sunflower seeds. Ever start eating a brand new bag of chips while watching TV and then realized that all of a sudden the bag of chips is empty? Maybe it’s just me… But one way I deal with that is with sunflower seeds! You’d be hard-pressed to eat an entire bag of sunflower seeds, but even if you did, it’s only about 400–500 calories in comparison to a 1,000 calorie bag of chips.

3.) Unhealthy Food: Cinnamon Coffee Cake or Cinnamon Bun (sweet craving.. again. I have a problem)

‘Diet Hack’ Alternative: Cinnamon Coffee Cake Fiber One Bar- A piece of cinnamon coffee cake from somewhere like Starbucks is going to cost you 400 calories, and I don’t even want to think about how many calories are in a Cinnabon Cinnamon Bun (ugh, their site says 880 calories). But, with this ‘diet hack’ alternative, you can enjoy a sweet, cinnamon flavored treat that only costs you 90 calories and packs 5g of fiber which is great for your gastrointestinal tract, and keeps you feeling fuller for longer!

I hope these ‘diet hacks’ help you on your weight-loss journey, and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any delicious ‘diet hacks’ of your own! While you do that, I’ll be trying to figure out a good alternative to pizza. Or I’ll just be eating regular pizza. Oops..