Weight Loss

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Overcoming Bad Habits And Weight Loss

The habits we develop in childhood usually remain with us for life. That includes the way we think about food and diet. If we’ve never been taught to eat properly as a child, chances are we’ll reach adulthood by way of an unhealthy diet and an unhealthy attitude to food and eating. If we’re overweight because of a lifetime of eating the wrong way, and we’ve never learnt how to eat differently, we may not be able to master the art of successfully losing weight either! At least not without making a concerted effort to ditch the bad habits and learn healthy ones.

Modifying How You Eat Can Help With Weight Loss

One important habit to get into, which will help control the amount you eat, is to eat slowly. It takes around 10 minutes for your brain to ‘find out’ that your stomach is full. Now consider how much you can potentially overeat in 10 minutes! By slowing down the rate at which you eat, you give your brain time to receive the message that you really don’t need any more food, which reduces the amount you eat.

There are any number of ways you can slow down your eating that will help with weight loss. First up, plan to eat all your main meals when you have time to sit down and enjoy them. Try to spend at least 10 minutes or more on each meal. If this means getting up a bit earlier to enjoy a more leisurely breakfast then do it! If it means stopping work to take a decent lunch break instead of trying to cram food in when you have time, then stop work and take your allocated lunch break. Employers are mandated by law in most countries to ensure their employees have designated lunch breaks and you don’t usually get paid for working through them.

Make the final meal of the day family time. Get everyone into the habit of sitting down at the table to eat and then make sure the meal is leisurely. Engage in conversation, chew slowly, drink plenty of water – it fills you up and is good for you. Have bigger gaps between courses and wait at least 10 minutes for deciding whether or not to have dessert. If you’re no longer hungry, that’s probably a lot of extra calories you’ve avoided eating. Eating at the table and focusing on the meal instead of watching TV, surfing the net, chatting on social media or working also makes you more aware of what, and how much, you’re eating.

Looking for more ways of achieving your weight loss goals? Read the full guide to weight loss, and find out whether walking really does help you lose weight.