If you’re looking to lose weight by changing your bad eating habits into healthier ones, there are ways you can make an easy transition. Whether you haven’t been feeling healthy as of late, you’re lacking energy, or trying to lose weight, changing your eating habits can help you accomplish those things. How we eat effects how we’re feeling on a daily basis, as well as influences our waistline. A change of habits does take discipline, but the rewards will show. Here are some easy ways to transform your bad eating habits into healthier ones.
– Start with specific goals in mind.
What’s your goal? If you’re doing this to get healthier, to heal from an illness, or lose weight, keep that in mind as your driving force. By changing your eating habits, you’ll be giving yourself greater health, and what better reason to have, to look forward to. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, run a marathon, or lower your cholesterol, your end result will be your motivating factor. It’ll also help you get through any tough times you may face along the way, such as those moments you feel like giving up. Changes don’t happen overnight, but they do happen with dedication, consistency, and patience. When we strive towards an end in mind, we have a vision, and we’re more likely to learn what it takes to get there, be perceptive to change, and continue living a health lifestyle.
– Learn what different foods do to your body.
Do your research so you’ll learn the effects different foods have on your body. One thing you should always remember, is the more processed a food is, the less health it provides. If you stick with foods closest to “living” as possible, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, they’ll have a healthier effect on your body, and provide a better energy source. Some people make poor food choices, they don’t eat enough, or they overeat. You must have the right balance of foods and calories to gain health, and be at a healthy weight. Some people trying to lose weight, try to through unhealthy means, such as starvation, and it doesn’t work. Starvation and fad diets are energy depleting, they’ll leave you feeling miserable both physically and emotionally, and they actually promote weight gain, fat storage, and they can lead to eating disorders. Too many people have an unhealthy relationship with food, and this is putting good health out of the reach of many.
– Learn your triggers.
Do you struggle emotionally and turn to food? Many people pour their hurts, disappointment, and even joys into overeating. You’ll need to learn awareness, to be able to get you’re emotional eating under control. Make a list of the times and reasons you feel your eating to be at the hardest to stop. What can you do to chance some of the patterns you notice that are contributing factors? Bad habits that are making you feel terrible physically and emotionally, need to change if you’re ever going to feel any better. Do you find yourself lonely at night sitting in front of the TV with a large bag of chips each night? What can you do to break that habit? Why not eat only at the dining room table, so you’ll be away from distractions, which will control mindless eating. Why not choose an apple instead of chips? Your goal should be to understand your triggers, so you’ll be able to stop them before you give in. It’s not as difficult as you may think, it just takes some behavioral modification, some food substitutions, more control over your choices, and action on your part to follow through on your commitment to change.
– Be prepared.
It’s important that you know what foods promote health, and adopt them as part of your daily nutritional plan. Make a shopping list before heading to the supermarket, so you’ll be less tempted to buy the items your trying to avoid. Buy more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. These foods, offer you better health, they’re healing, and they’ll help you feel more energized. The healthier you eat, the more better you’ll start feeling. This doesn’t mean you should avoid all of your favorite foods all together, unless that’s your commitment, but you’ll want to avoid deprivation at all cost for a greater level of success. Your focus should be on moderation, and being on a plan you can stick with over your lifetime. By making healthier choices, combined with a few favorites, you’ll be learning better eating habits. You’ll be less likely to give up on a healthier eating plan, that includes moderation, because you won’t miss your favorite foods and end up overeating or binging on them. Pre-plan your meals, make extra food for leftovers to pack as quick on the go meals, have low calorie snacks available, and learn how to make better choices when dining out. Adopting better eating habits doesn’t need to leave you feeling unsatisfied, it means, you make better choices to get closer to a healthier you.
– Eat to be at a healthy weight.
Many people think that if they cut way back on their calories each day, they’ll lose weight. That’s true, only if you’ve been overeating and going above your daily caloric needs. But, if you drop your calories too far, you’ll slow down your metabolism, storing body fat, the opposite of what you’re trying to do. You need to support your metabolism by consuming the right amount of calories, as well as support the building of lean muscle mass. The way to effectively accomplish this, is by eating 5-6 small meals per day. Most people skip breakfast, which is one of the worse things you can do. You should be eating soon after waking, to get your metabolism started, after its been slowed down all the hours you’ve slept. Most people think that if they skip breakfast, they’ll be banking a few hundred calories, but this will backfire. By not eating breakfast, you’ll slow down your metabolism because you’re putting your body into starvation mode, and you may even end up overeating later on in the day or binging. Starvation and fad diets, increase the storage of body fat, which is why you need to steer clear of unhealthy habits, and learn how to eat more efficiently.
Better eating habits begin by making better choices. If healthy eating is your goal, make sure you do the things that’ll promote it each day. Temptations are everywhere, when we visit family and friends who serve delicious foods, when we walk by the mall food court and smell everything cooking, and even through the TV commercials we see. We’ll only get healthier by remaining in control of our eating choices, and deciding on making it a new lifestyle. If you want greater health, you need to stay away from those foods high in sugar and fat as much as possible, because those are the foods shown to cause ill health, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By adopting healthier eating as a lifestyle change, you’ll be able to decrease your chances of disease, improve your health, you’ll gain more energy, and you’ll lose weight as well.