When you’re trying to lose weight, you need a way to engage your mind that will stop you from obsessing over food.
Part of the problem is that your hunger makes you unable to enjoy your hobbies which can create a bit of a catch twenty-two situation.
Thankfully, we’ve got some crafty ideas up our sleeve that will help to swap your focus from food to fun in no time.
In fact, once you get into a groove, it becomes easier the more time that passes meaning it won’t always be a challenge for you.
We like to call this the snowball effect which is a common term for when you hit that tipping point of success which is easy to do when you get a bit of momentum going.
Let’s see if we can give you a head start with some of our hunger-busting hobbies that should get you on the right path in no time.
Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat: 15 Hobbies That Don’t Involve Food and Can Mitigate Hunger
When your mind is swirling with emotions and moods (which is quite likely if you’re dieting) then it’s prudent to get in touch with your inner self to help still the chaos.
Meditation can not only distract you from food, but it can also distract you from other negative thoughts and can even make you feel more relaxed.
Better yet, you can meditate anywhere you like totally free of cost meaning it’s super efficient and will help you save those pennies for more important things like your gym membership.
We recommend starting with fifteen minutes of meditation a day then gradually increasing it as you become more comfortable with the process.
You can even do it at work on your break or if you have a bit of downtime meaning you can save your time after work for more fun activities.
If you’re overweight, then chances are you’ve been spending lots of time sitting down which also wreaks havoc on your suppleness and general range of motion.
To help give you a kick start for your exercise regime, and to keep you distracted from food, stretching is an excellent hobby to accomplish both of those things and more.
Similar to meditation, you don’t have to start by doing hours of stretching and we recommend gradually building up depending on how tight your body feels.
Over time, you will become more relaxed and you may even notice you’ve lost a pound or two from being a little more active in your day.
Taking a hike might be something your partner tells you to do when you’ve had an argument, but it’s actually a great way to burn some excess calories and to keep your hunger pangs at bay.
Better yet, it’s a fairly easy hobby to get into and you don’t need to be super fit to experience the benefits of this productive pastime.
Literally, you can go for a hike anywhere you want but we prefer combining it with a scenic trip along the coastline or through a nature reserve to boost your mental calmness.
The only caveat we should mention is to avoid coastlines that feature takeout shops or restaurants as it’s easy to get pulled in by all the yummy smells.
Taking a dip in the swimming pool is not only calming but it’s also a great way to burn some additional calories in the day.
Not only that but it’s known as one of the most gentle forms of exercise mainly because it doesn’t put any pressure on your joints as you’re literally held up by the water: essentially nearly anyone of any age can do it.
Swimming, just like other forms of aerobic exercises (running, cycling, etc), is known to reduce the hormones that drive hunger meaning it can even stop you obsessing over food for a good few hours.
With so many benefits, it’s hard to argue that swimming is a power exercise and one that should definitely be incorporated into your weekly schedule.
Hanging out with your friends and socializing is an important part of life, but it can also offer a great distraction from needing to eat food all day.
When you’re with your friends you’re more likely to be engaged in activities that get you moving around, or change your focus onto something else entirely.
This is especially important when you’re trying to lose weight, or when you’re needing to mitigate those hunger pangs that would usually have you raiding the cupboards for snacks.
Loneliness and boredom can contribute towards poor dietary habits which is why you should always make the effort to see your friends at least once per week, if possible.
Crochet, and even knitting for the matter, can offer you an engaging way to occupy your mind from obsessing over food whereby you replace it with something creative instead.
You can make some fabulous garments with crochet that can keep you warm throughout the colder months; they also make excellent gifts for basically any situation, and better yet, they’re hand made meaning it’s even more special.
Once you get good enough at it, crochet will keep you mesmerized for hours on the task at hand meaning you can avoid intrusive thoughts about your hunger or need to indulge in unhealthy snacks.
Some people even turn crochet into a business meaning you can even turn it into a side hustle if you’re good enough — we recommend using Etsy to sell your crafts as it will give you access to potentially thousands of customers.
Reading is a hobby that encourages mental stimulation and can reduce the vice grip that emotional eating has over you.
It’s very easy to become engrossed in a book where you won’t even notice that an hour or two has passed meaning you might be able to make it till tea-time without those mid-afternoon snacks.
This can become a vital tool in your repertoire of hunger-busting hobbies and one that can be enjoyed for relatively little money.
Depending on your disposition, or preference for that matter, you can opt for audiobooks instead which are just as good and can easily distract you from the sound of your own thoughts: Audible offers a thirty-day free trial to get you started.
8. Music (Instrument Playing)
How many musicians do you see who are overweight?
The answer to that question is very few of them, and that’s because they’re constantly engaged in improving their playing techniques or performing for audiences who want to enjoy their music.
You can even choose an athletic music-playing hobby, such as the drums, which will get you burning extra calories and can help you to flex your creative side.
If you do become popular for your playing then you’ll have the added incentive of staying fit for the people who come and see you; social pressure can sometimes be a good thing.
Although it’s sometimes hard to motivate yourself to clean the house, you’ll probably remember those times where you got into a flow and actually found you enjoyed it after a while.
Not only that, but you can combine your cleaning efforts with some of your favorite music which will get you zipping around the house for a few hours without your even realizing it.
By the end you’ll have a sparkly home, will have burned a good few hundred calories, and will probably have forgotten about the previous hunger pangs that were bothering you a few hours earlier.
Never underestimate the power of completing simple chores to transform your life in the long-term.
10. Furniture Re-arrangement
What’s cheaper and just as fun as redecorating your home?
Basically, the premise is to use what you already have to freshen up the appearance of your home which can add a much-needed distraction from you obsessing over your food cravings.
Literally, by moving your bed to a different position or your cabinets, you’ll completely transform the appearance of how it looks (and how it makes you feel) meaning you’ll be flying high for a couple of weeks on positive vibes.
Not only that, but rearranging your furniture requires a good deal of effort meaning you can easily smash your calorie goal for the day with this simple hobby.
11. YouTube (Watching motivational clips)
Watching YouTube all day is often counter-productive, however, when you use it for motivational purposes then it’s actually one of the best places to do that.
You can easily pump yourself up for a couple of weeks just by watching the right video that connects with your overall goals.
This is an important step and a good tool to keep you on track throughout any difficult periods that require serious effort on your part.
And who knows, maybe you’ll be the one making the motivational videos by the end of it?
12. Listening to music
Listening to music is a fun hobby and is an excellent way to motivate yourself during periods of struggle.
If you’ve ever been to the gym, you’ll know the excitement that builds around you and within yourself when the rocky soundtrack comes on.
This is the power of music; it can bring you energy without the need to eat.
In fact, it’s been proven in studies that listening to music makes you move more and can even make you perform better at physical tasks.
13. Create a schedule
If you’re struggling with motivation or keeping yourself on track then we highly recommend creating a weekly/monthly schedule to help guide your day’s better.
This is because when you don’t have a set schedule it draws attention and mental energy away from the things you should be focusing on such as eating healthily and engaging in productive tasks.
Without a schedule, you’re a ship without a rudder taking you wherever it pleases.
As an addendum, creating a schedule doesn’t have to be boring and we recommend teaming up with your significant other or family to make it a joint effort.
Journaling is similar to creating a schedule, however, you’ll be digging deeper into how you felt each day and keeping a record of what you did.
This is especially important if you’re obsessing over food as you’ll be able to record the times when you usually feel hungry meaning you can plan around it.
It also means you can observe parts of the day where you’re not being as productive, such as spending too much time watching TV or playing video games for too many hours.
Once you isolate your non-efficiency, you can add this into your schedule to be streamlined or to be trimmed completely meaning you have more room for exercise or productive hobbies.
Where would we be on a list of hobbies dedicated to beating hunger without bodybuilding?
Bodybuilding is what motivates the majority of people to wake up early, hit the gym, and eat as healthily as they can.
It’s hard to argue that humans are a vane species but it’s also what makes us so interesting; we come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and often look best when we’re in peak condition.
Staving off cravings and keeping focused on your weight loss goals is a combination of clever-planning, observation, and staying in motion throughout the day to keep the fat machine burning.
Most of the hobbies we’ve mentioned are relatively easy to follow yet can offer some of the most powerful techniques to control your eating, and can even be applied to other aspects of your life.
Weight gain can often be a result of boredom which is why we recommend picking up a hobby or two to keep you engaged; luckily, we have a massive list of hobbies (aside from this one) that includes tons of enjoyable pastimes to browse through.
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