It takes time to acquire habits and, thus, it also takes time to break and re-mould them. If you picked up bad eating habits as a child which have been part of your life for many, many years, it is clearly going to be a struggle to start eating in a different way, though it can be done. You really have to abandon any idea of using fad diets to help you achieve your aims, though, and get stuck into changing your routine and eating healthier foods. In the end, it will be healthy eating habits that you’ll have to rely on to help you keep off the weight and so it is better to start changing sooner rather than later.
If you have a weight problem there is a good chance you’ve picked up some bad habits over time, usually involving food. Perhaps you enjoy eating healthy food but eat too much of it or maybe you just loathe fruit and vegetables, preferring to fill yourself up with sugar-laden junk food. If you’re an active person you have slightly more leeway in the number of calories you can consume, but even so you sill have to watch what you eat if you’re hoping to be able to control your weight.
Getting into healthier eating habits means that you have to examine your diet and find out where you can make changes to it. By making a note of the food you eat within a week you will soon realise how you end up consuming so many calories. You might have thought skipping breakfast a few times saved yourself a few calories, before realising that you actually ended up eating more on the days that you did this. Clearly, if you allow yourself to become extremely hungry you’re more likely to give into the urge to eat more at the next meal, while you’ll be telling yourself that skipping a meal means you can get away with eating more.
You therefore have to eat regularly, but also make sure that the food you eat is not just chocolate and rubbishy snacks that are hardly likely to meet your nutritional requirements. This means you have to eat more fruit and vegetables, wholegrain products and foods high in protein, while avoiding foods with lots of sugar, salt and saturated fat. If you manage to eat healthily your energy levels will remain stable and you’ll be less likely to give into the cravings you have for calorific junk food. This, in combination with eating on a regular basis, should therefore make it easier for you to control your weight.