Get Rid of the Bulge by Getting Rid of Unhealthy Eating Habits
What most people who are trying to lose weight usually find difficult to change are eating habits that may have been well established since their childhood days. Weight loss is often difficult because these habits usually lead to overeating which of course, can easily add more calories.
For instance, if you were often rewarded by food for being a good kid when you were little, you may continue to look at food as symbol of reward or comfort as you grow older. You may also have been having midday heavy snacks since you were a little child, so it may be just difficult to break that habit as you mature.
One of the most common unhealthy eating habits is eating in front of the television. This can lead to mindless eating, where you keep eating even after you are full, because you are not focused on the eating process, but instead, your mind is distracted by other things. Maybe you've also acquired the habit of eating icecream before you sleep! That can really add the pounds without you even noticing it!
Don't despair and think that you can no longer change your ways. What you need to do is make a list of some of the eating habits you have acquired through the years and analyze which ones are bad for your weight loss program. Like any other bad habit, it takes a lot of discipline to break those habits that do not help you to lose weight. After analyzing what these eating habits are, be honest with yourself and find ways to break them one by one.
The only way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. For example, you can simply turn the TV off during meals. You will find that you can savor the food better and you can listen to your mind telling you when you are already full. During family meals, not having the television on will encourage family discussions, which will even bring the family together. The more you minimize distractions while eating, the more your mind will pay attention to the food you're eating, and to the amount of calories you are consuming.
Here Are Some More Ideas That Can Turn Your Bad Eating Habits Into Healthy Ones:
1. Cut the junk food. Almost all junk food are heavy in fat and sodium, which will result to more pounds. If you're hungry for a snack, try yoghurt or a carrot stick. You can also prepare your own tortilla chips and make your own healthy dip of salsa. Not only is this a more delicious alternative, it is also a low calorie snack.
2. Eat only when you feel hungry, and not when you are upset, anxious or tired. Analyze the emotions that may be triggering your appetite for food. If it's more than hunger, dismiss the craving and do something more productive like taking a walk outside or reading a book.
3. To avoid overeating when you're dining out, ask the waiter to divide your serving into two and share it with your friend or partner. If you're eating alone, take the other half in a doggie bag and eat on your next meal. You don't really need to "clean up your plate" like your mom used to tell you when you were little.
Take slow, baby steps in changing your unhealthy eating habits and reward yourself (not with food!) every time you're able to break one habit at a time. Remember, it takes quite a while before you can replace your habits to make the change in your life permanent.
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