If you’re looking to make long term changes to your health and fitness, then you need more than a diet. You need a plan to address the habits that dictate your behavior in their base form. Here, we’re going to look at some of the worst habits that can get in the way of the healthy lifestyle that you’re trying to live, and how implementing the right strategies can help you get a lot more control over them. Read the below to start changing your relationship with food as soon as possible.
Do you find that sometimes you don’t know what to eat for dinner and, without the energy to decide otherwise, you opt for fast food or something that you know is less healthy? If that’s the case, one of the best ways to make a healthier diet is to plan your meals at the start of the week. Before you go grocery shopping, decide on what meals you will have for each and every day, and plan out the ingredients you need to buy for them. You will be a lot less likely to waste the ingredients once you have them, and the temptation of worse choices is easier to fight off. If you find your energy a little lacking in the evenings, then you might want to prep some meals ahead of time so that you can just heat them up, too.
Keeping yourself accountable is one of the best things you can do if you’re looking to really change your health. While reading the back of every box can be tricky, and the information can be overwhelming for those looking to make a real difference, there are nutrition tracking apps that make it so much easier. You can simply scan the barcode or search up a host of products and meals, including those from common food chains, and it will input it into your diary, giving you an idea of not just its calories, but fat, salt, and other nutritional values.
Whether you’re looking to make sure that you have the fuel that you need for a workout, or you simply don’t have time to prepare a full meal, you want to make sure that you’re not led into the temptation of making unhealthy choices. As such, stocking up on a range of the best meal replacement bar options, shakes, and the like can be a huge help. You can make sure that you always have something healthy and convenient on hand.
One of the worst habits is grazing, which means wandering around the kitchen looking for little things to eat between meals. The single best way to prevent it is to make sure that you have filling meals, which you do not skip and eat to a consistent schedule. If you have trouble breaking your grazing habit, at least make sure that your only options are on the lighter side, like popcorn or carrot sticks, instead of chips or chocolate.
One trend that has been getting a lot more popular over the past couple of years is that of intermittent fasting. The process of setting a specific window of time in the day, during which you can eat, and then fasting outside of it does seem to have some real benefits when it comes to weight control. It also helps to teach you discipline, which can help you avoid the grazing habit as mentioned above, and can help you develop a much more routine style of eating. Building these habits makes it easier to stop yourself from backsliding into bad practices.
The last habit worth taking the time to break is that of serving yourself and eating larger portions than you ought to. This can seem like a difficult one to break, especially when you’ve really worked up an appetite before dinner. However, changing your eating method is all that it might take. Taking smaller bites, chewing for longer, and really taking your time with your meal can help you feel full much quicker, as can ensuring that you have a glass of water that you drink alongside your dinner. Hunger can sometimes feel a lot stronger than your body’s need for food actually is, so you have to train it to respond properly.
A focus on changing your habits is one that aims at long-term, sustainable change, not just helping you meet your immediate dietary and fitness goals. If you find that your weight yo-yos depending on whether you’re dieting or not, this is a way to stop that yo-yo from coming back up.
What have you done to tame your worst eating habits? Let me know in the comments below!