By now, you might have picked up on the secret to lasting weight loss: It’s all about habits. When you can change your daily and weekly routines, you get into the habit of living a healthier lifestyle. Rather than fighting a battle of willpower every day, you simply make healthier choices without even thinking about them overly much. And then, even after losing the weight, it’s less likely to return.
So which habits, specifically, should you work on changing? That obviously varies from person to person, but the following four practices can help almost anyone with their weight loss plan.
Snack smarter. Most of the time, we grab whatever snack is most convenient. So you will need to plan ahead in order to circumvent any potential problems. Make a list of snacks that fit into your weight loss plan, especially those that combine protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Then make sure to keep yourself stocked up on those, both at home and at the office.
Make your new habits a treat. It’s easy to say, “well, now I’m following a weight loss plan, so I have to eat these foods”. That’s not a very optimistic outlook, and doesn’t make healthy eating sound like much fun. Turn your new dietary plans into a treat, by trying one new health-minded restaurant each week, or attempting new recipes at home.
De-stress with activity. When you’re feeling stressed, combat those feelings by going for a walk, jumping on the trampoline, or pumping some iron at the gym. When you consistently pair endorphins with stress relief, you will develop a positive mindset around exercise. Now it’s something you do to feel better!
Join a support group. A group of people on the same journey will understand your process like no one else. Join an online group if you lack time for the traditional group; studies have shown these to be just as effective. You will motivate and challenge one another, and potentially make friendships that will last for years to come.
Of course, if you’re having trouble just getting started on your weight loss plan, give us a call. We can help you set realistic goals, learn which foods you should be eating, and offer support and guidance along the way.