When it comes your weight, there are a lot of factors that determine it, such as your activity levels, your diet, sleeping habits, genetics and whether or not you have sufficient levels of nutrients –such as vitamin D—that play important roles in controlling your weight. If you are trying to shed some extra pounds, what you eat is one of the most important factors and is a non-negotiable; there is a reason all weight loss plans are heavily centered around diet. Without this cornerstone, having all that other stuff in line will not matter. Our eating habits can be one of the more difficult things to change, however. Hence the struggle many of us face when it come to making significant headway in our efforts to slim down. But, no matter how hopeless you feel, there is a way. It will take some effort on your part but you are capable of much more than you know.
You already know you need to make some changes in your eating habits, but you may not have ever closely examined what you are putting into your mouth all day long. This lack of awareness will be a major stumbling block since you will continue to operate on auto-pilot and eat mindlessly. A good way to jumpstart a change in your eating habits is to keep a food journal for a week or two and record each and every last thing you eat during the day.
This eye-opening exercise can help you see how much you are really eating every day, what may trigger overeating, when you are likely to overeat and many other insightful observations. With a greater awareness, you may think twice before eating more than two cookies or having that snack before dinner.
Make it Easier to Eat Right
Making it easier to make healthy food choices increases the likelihood you will choose in favor of foods that support your weight loss goals. Consider cleaning out the cupboards and getting rid of unhealthy snacks…maybe allow a bit for the occasional cheat, however.
Plan your meals out at the beginning of the week and buy all the ingredients you need to make them—if they are readily available, you will be much less tempted to order a pizza because you do not feel like going to the store. If the idea of cooking every night seems unappealing, consider doing a bulk of it on the weekends when you have more time; you can store the meals and simply heat them up. If you have the cash, home delivery diet plans may be a great option since it provides healthy food all ready to go without you having to do a thing.
Keep fruit and other healthy snacks readily available and in your sight. You do not necessarily have to make something from scratch for it to be healthy—there are plenty of healthy items available as prepared food in the supermarket—stock up on some side dishes, such as vegetables or brown rice. As you begin to change your eating habits, you will naturally gravitate towards healthier foods by choice, not by force.
Allow Yourself to Cheat
One of the biggest reasons for diet failure is setting up unrealistic expectations. If you have been eating badly your whole life, you cannot expect to move right to the other end of the spectrum where you will never eat sugar again for as long as you live. Possible I suppose, but for most of us, this is unlikely. There is nothing wrong with enjoying sweets or other types of foods that taste good, but may not be the healthiest. We just do not want to make them staples of our diet.
By not depriving yourself of the natural desire to sometimes indulge in these types of foods, you will prevent diet the binges that lead to self-disgust, guilt and giving up on your weight loss goals. Remember that you are trying to make lasting changes to your lifestyle, and in the grand scheme of things, having the occasional ice cream is not going to do much damage when you are thinking in terms of how you eat for the rest of your life. Sometimes we just want to eat for pleasure and that is okay, provided that the majority of foods we eat are healthy.
Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who specializes in health and wellness content. She has contributed to many blogs in this area and particularly enjoys writing about healthy ways to lose weight and how to change your lifestyle to support optimal wellness.