Client stories, episode 2 - Break the snacking loop


Buster Moon was a snacking monster. Forgot to mention, I’m still using characters from ‘Sing’ in this month’s real life client headaches series to protect the innocent….

With a bit of client and coach digging, Buster shared that snacking had most likely held back his progress in trying to get in shape over recent years.

And probably got him in to the situation he found himself in when we started working together.

One of the biggest issues with snacking for most is the automatic nature of the behaviour. It’s often something that’s been done for years and without really thinking about it.

You’re on the sofa. Watching TV. There’s something within reaching distance which is tasty. Usually higher in fat and carbs because that’s where the hyper-palatable magic is. Things get polished off before you realise. And you’re left wanting more.

But Buster had some glimmers of light. He didn’t snack every evening. He didn’t snack when he was busy or out doing his favourite hobby to switch off and tune out....running.....that would just be messy!

There was no point relying on Buster’s willpower which would often be drained by the evening thanks to all of the decisions he’d been making the rest of the day. Sound familiar?

After reviewing a few options, we agreed to try finding ways of keeping Buster occupied on his non-busy and non-running nights. Change the environment, change the behaviour.

But you can’t just switch that kinda stuff on. So we set what’s known as an action trigger, for a certain day and time when I would message Buster to remind him to do a certain activity he had already decided upon.

The sequence of events happened like clockwork. He did his task, occupied himself through his usual ‘danger zone’ in the evening and subsequently avoided the snacking loop pitfall that day.

We did this for a number of days until Buster felt comfortable that he could go at it alone and make those positive behaviour changes stick.

And since then, Buster has been able to beat his snacking demons. It took him about two weeks from start to finish.

That’s not to say that he never snacks. But when he does, he’s far more mindful of what’s taking place and why. He can manage his overall intake whilst still enjoying the foods he likes.

Are you a Buster and struggle with snacking too? But do you also have moments of light when its easier to cope?

Maybe this same strategy could work for you….go on….try it… might have the same success as Buster!!

Please like, comment and (mostly importantly) share these stories with family and friends who could do with banishing their snacking demons too.

On your side,
Coach Ben