Don’t push your weight loss willpower to its limits when it comes to your diet (save it for an ab-toning workout). Use these smart and simple ways to stop the diet sabotage of mid-afternoon cravings.

1) Add protein to your brekkie

While eating breakfast has been shown to reduce hunger throughout the day, research suggests a protein-rich breakfast is more effective as it reduces brain signals that control food motivation and reward-driven eating habits. Researchers found that by incorporating protein-rich foods at breakfast time, we’re more likely to be satisfied for longer and less prone to snacking during the day.