the 15-minute rule

The 15 Minute Rule
With all its havoc, fall is a common time to feel pressured by a complete lack of time. You have to get back into the swing of things with school, work, and tons of social activities. How are you supposed to find time to lose weight, too?

Try the 15-Minute Rule. It works like this: When you're craving something to eat and you feel like you're just about to give in, tell yourself that you can have it, but you have to wait 15 minutes.

It works like a charm: Almost always, something will happen in that 15 minutes to get your mind off food. You can even break the 15-Minute Rule down into five-minute increments:

FIRST five minutes: Isolate the issue. Figure out what exactly it is that you want. Separate yourself from the food you're craving. Do you still want it?

SECOND five minutes: Concentrate on the solution. What can you do to distract yourself?

THIRD five minutes: Reevaluate. If you're still having the craving, decide whether it's worth eating it.

For more ideas about managing your cravings, click “Next.” You'll:
  • Find out "5 Ways To Tame Temptation."

  • See why it's time to say "No More Eating On Cruise Control."

  • Learn how to "Combat Those 4 p.m. Cravings."

  • See what to do when there are "Weight-Loss Hazards Ahead."


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Research shows that those who lose weight with the support of a group have better success than those who go it alone. So put a boost in your support quotient by enrolling in a meeting this week! Visit the Meeting Finder to check times and locations.