2. Eat for energy: Keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level, as it is after regular meals, helps you to have more self-control and more easily resist junk food.
3. Plan ahead: Cut down on the amount of decisions that you make everyday and your will-power muscle will automatically get stronger. Don't think about working out: just make the decision to do it! So get to work right now at reducing the number of choices you have to make each day.
4. Stress less: Stress is tied to self-control. To calm down and replenish your energy, go for a walk. When stress hits, removing yourself from the situation even briefly helps. By changing your environment, you help change your perception and recharge your battery.
5. Find fit friends: If the person sitting next to you eats a lot, we are more likely to overindulge as well. Schedule workouts and healthy meals with your fit friends on a regular basis. Making the commitment to get and stay in shape will help build your willpower and keep you motivated.
Next week: Abs
Amy Carroll is an instructor at the YMCA. She is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist.