Whether it’s healthy or unhealthy, a habit is something you do without having to think about it. Instead of relying on willpower, people who succeed at weight-loss have learned to turn healthy eating into a habit. Here’s how:
- They eat breakfast
Studies show that 80% of slimmers who were able to maintain a weight loss of at least 13 kg for a year reported that they always eat breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast reduces hunger throughout the day, therefore decreasing the likelihood of overeating and making poor choices at lunch.
- They drink water
Not cooldrinks. Not juice. Just good old water. Drinking enough water is incredibly important because it keeps your body functioning properly. Drink at least 6-8 glasses a day, plus more when exercising.
- They’ve changed how they talk about food
Instead of saying “I can’t eat that”, successful slimmers say, “I don’t eat that.” Saying I can’t can make you feel deprived, whereas I don’t seems like a choice and puts you in charge.
- They eat whole foods
Successful slimmers are in the habit of eating mainly whole, unprocessed foods with lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains at least 80% of the time.
- They reduce temptation
Willpower is finite, so if they know that they can’t control themselves around a certain food or treat, they keep them out of sight, or even better, out of the house.
- They plan their meals
In order to stay on track, it’s vitally important to have a strategy for meals and snacks. Successful slimmers know what time of the day they’re typically hungry, and pack healthy snacks to prevent straying from their eating plan.
- They understand portion sizes
Slim people know what a serving of various foods look like. Portion control is one of the most important things to remember as even healthy food eaten in excess can cause unwanted weight gain.
- They enjoy a small treat
Successful slimmers know that banishing all their favourite foods could make them feel deprived and lead to failure. A drastically limited diet is not sustainable, and savouring a small treat every now and then will not sabotage your weight-loss efforts.