10 Habits to Enhance your Weight Loss EffortsPosted: December 27, 2011 in Healthy Eating by Craig Primack MD FACP
Losing weight is incredibly difficult. For many people, excess weight develops over the course of years as a result of poor dietary habits and decreased exercise. In order to lose weight, it is important to address these poor habits that have contributed to your weight gain and replace them with healthier, more sustainable lifestyle habits. If you are having trouble losing weight on your own, then speaking to a specialist at a weight loss clinic may be the missing step in between you and your weight loss goal.
Here are ten healthy habits that can help enhance your weight loss efforts.
- Eat breakfast every day: Breakfast kick starts your metabolism and keeps you from feeling ravenous by lunchtime.
- Plan ahead: Plan your meals ahead of time, so your stomach isn’t dictating what you eat.
- Snack smart: Eat snacks designed like mini-meals. Combine carbohydrates with protein for a snack with staying power.
- Eat before you shop: When your stomach is content, you are more likely to stick to your list and avoid bringing home a bunch of junk food.
- Don’t snack after dinner: It’s easy to munch mindlessly all evening. Try brushing your teeth after dinner, this will help you to be less inclined to snack.
- Eat regularly: Don’t skip meals here and there. Allowing yourself to get too hungry is a surefire way to blow a diet.
- Enjoy your food: Savor each bite. Eat slowly and take regular sips of water.
- Serve from the stove: When the mashed potatoes are just an arm’s reach away, it’s easy to reload your plate without even thinking. The extra step of getting food from the kitchen can make you rethink seconds.
- Eat at the table: Eating from the package on the couch can cause you to take in many more calories than you intended.
- Track your eating habits: Do you know what your triggers are? Pay attention to when you eat and why you eat, so you can identify behaviors that are getting in your way.