Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Changing Our Eating Behaviour


Changing our eating behaviour is one of the critical lifestyle changes necessary if we are going to successfully lose weight and keep it off.

For many people, changing eating habits is one of the hardest things they'll ever do, as anybody who has gone on a diet and tried to stick to it can attest.

If you've tried to change your eating habits before and have failed, or if you're about to embark on a weight loss plan of your own that involves a change towards healthier eating, the tips in this article are designed to improve your chances of success.

First things first

One of the reasons most people fail to stick to a diet is that they take the wrong first step.

There are broadly two ways to change your eating habits in order to help you lose weight:

1. Change what you eat

2. Change how much you eat

Ideally, in order to maximize weight loss over the LONG TERM we need to change both. But it's not a good idea to change both at once.

This is where most people make mistakes. They try to change both at once or if they only change one, they change the wrong one first.

When faced with the above two options, most people take option 1 first when the best first option to take to help you lose weight is typically option 2.

Why? The reason is actually quite simple.

It is far easier for most of us to go from eating 3 to 2 pieces of fried chicken for dinner than it is to go from 3 pieces of fried chicken to a garden salad.

Sure, eating the salad will help us lose more weight than forgoing only one piece of fried chicken, but permanent weight loss is a long term process and going down to 2 pieces of chicken forever is far better than eating a garden salad for dinner for 1 week and then going back to 3 pieces of chicken for the rest of our life.

Remember, we are trying to make permanent lifestyle changes here and most of us won't stick to these changes if they are too radical compared to what we are currently doing.

Food reduction tips

Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount you eat:

? Making small permanent changes are better than radical changes that you won't be able to live with.

? Don't worry about falling back to your old behaviour for a day or two, only the long term counts.

? Use portion controlled packaged foods to help you (prepackaged frozen meals and single serve snack packs for example).

? Use smaller plates than usual to serve your meals.

? When eating out, buy entre sized meals or share a full sized meal with your partner or friend.

? Separate a third or quarter of the food on your plate and move it to one side before you begin eating, then leave that third or quarter uneaten at the end of the meal.

? Eat small amounts of food every couple of hours so you're not starving at main meal times.

? Drink plenty of water throughout the day - most people mistake thirst for hunger.

? Eat slowly and concentrate on your meal - don't watch TV while you're eating for example.

? Gradually reduce your serving sizes over time until they reach the ideal size.

? When eating take away, don't buy super-sized options.

? Remember that to make these changes habit you are going to have to continue to practice them consciously for awhile (maybe up to 3 months) until they become unconscious.

? Be the last one at the table to start eating.

? Put your fork or food down between bites.

? Chew or swallow each bite before the next.

? Pause in the middle of the meal.

? Don't eat while cooking - this increases your total serving size, often without being noticed.

? Place leftover food in small, single serve containers.

? Have soup or a salad with low calorie dressing to begin a meal.

? As soon as you begin to feel full, stop eating.

? Try to reduce stress in your life and other things that cause you to eat on emotion.

The second step

OK, you've gradually started to reduce the amount of food you eat and are starting to slowly (but surely) lose weight.

If you haven't already, now is the time to start to become more active to improve your general level of fitness, increase your energy levels and of course speed up the weight loss process.

Now that these habits are well established, it's time to start thinking about making minor positive adjustments to what we eat. Instead of eating a piece of fried chicken for dinner for example (we've migrated from 3 down to 2 and now down to 1) maybe we can have a piece of fried chicken without the skin or a piece of grilled or broiled chicken instead.

And maybe we can replace half of the chips that accompany our chicken with a corn cob or a handful of your favourite steamed vegetables. See how we're making small positive changes that we can live with?

While changing what we eat is often more difficult that slowly but gradually reducing how much we eat, there are things that we can do to make sure that when we do begin to change this aspect of our behaviour that we are successful.

Healthy diet modification tips

Here are a couple of things to consider when improving our diet:

? A healthy diet is a balanced diet and a balanced diet has plenty of variety - occasional fast food meals are OK; just don't make them the staple.

? Plan ahead - don't be forced into choosing inferior food options because you failed to think ahead.

? Start by modifying your breakfast. Breakfast is so important that it is the logical place to begin when trying to improve your diet. Whole-grain, high-fiber cereals with low-fat milk are an excellent choice.

? Understand and read the Nutrition Facts labels on packaged food.

? Compare the nutritional facts of like products and if possible, opt for the choice with the lowest calories, sugar, salt and/or fat.

? Be adventurous; try new dishes whenever you can.

? Remember that the cooking method you use can increase or reduce the calories contained in food.

? Buy a new cookbook or food magazine for food and healthier choice ideas.

? Exchange healthy recipes with friends.

? Try new restaurants.

? Alternate alcohol with low calorie drinks (water is perfect).

? Join a healthy cooking class.

? Start a healthy cooking dinner club.

? Invite friends over for a vegetarian (or other theme) meal.

? Make meals delicious as well as nutritious.

? Remove temptations from your home.

? Become physically, not externally connected to eating.

? Shop using a shopping list and never shop when hungry.

? Be wary at cultural and social events - don't let your guard down.

? Feel proud every time you say "no" to a problem food.

? Neutralize food. There are no good or bad foods - all foods are OK when eaten in moderation.

? Stop Dieting.

General Guidelines for behaviour modification

In addition to the tips above, try some of these general guidelines to behaviour modification:

? Be ready to change.

? Develop a plan.

? Set goals, track your progress, and reward yourself to stay motivated.

? Make change fun.

? Slow down your busy lifestyle.

? Understand your personal barriers to change so you can avoid excuses.

? Don't look for quick fixes and easy options.

? Keep a positive attitude.

? Watch your language, especially when talking to yourself.

? Change your reward system so that it is not based on food and rewards behaviour modifications, not weight loss results.

? Enlist the help of qualified professionals (e.g. a registered dietitian, a physician, a personal trainer and/or a psychologist).

Good luck and remember you can do whatever you set your mind to!

For all your weight loss and healthy lifestyle needs, visit www.weightloss.com.au and become a happier, healthier you.

Scott Haywood


MORE RESOURCES:

Chicago Daily Herald

Your health: New app shows what you would look like post-weight loss
Chicago Daily Herald
The program then uses a 3-D model engine and various algorithms developed by weight loss experts to digitally alter the photo to generate a realistic "after" image that shows the user at whichever goal weight he or she selects, according to the ...

and more »


MedPage Today

Slippery Slope: The Constant Quest for Quick-Fix Weight Loss
MedPage Today
But some of these pills have been linked to major health problems, including heart disease and death. This timeline looks at the history of American weight loss remedies — including the recent approvals of new diet drugs that some worry will repeat a ...
After 13 years of wariness, FDA approves five potentially harmful new diet drugsVentura County Star
FDA under pressure to OK diet drugs?Redding Record Searchlight
Diet drug companies spent $60 million since 2010 amid push to win FDA ...Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

all 11 news articles »


The Inquisitr

Dr. Oz Defends Columbia Position Amid GMOs, Vaccination, Weight Loss ...
The Inquisitr
As Dr. Mehmet Oz defends himself against 10 physicians requesting that Columbia University remove him from his current position, the TV talk show host also is seeking the opportunity to address their claims that he is opposed to genetically modified ...



The Inquisitr

Sam Smith Goal Weight: Singer Reveals Paleo-Style Low-Carb Weight Loss ...
The Inquisitr
She has developed 10 guidelines for weight loss, all of which incorporate Paleo guidelines such as avoiding processed foods and emphasizing low-carb, fresh foods such as vegetables and protein. For the 22-year-old singer who she has transformed, the ...
Sam Smith Opens up About Weight LossLatin Post
Sam Smith after 14-pound low-carb Paleo weight loss: 4 pounds from goal weightExaminer.com
Did Beyoncé Bring Sam Smith One Step Closer To Achieving His Weight Loss ...PerezHilton.com
New Kerala -PEOPLE Great Ideas -Hollywood Take
all 72 news articles »


AL.com

Medicare spending on weight loss surgery doubled in Alabama, but experts ...
AL.com
More than two decades ago, Ronal Holt began considering weight loss surgery to address the obesity he'd been battling his entire life. Back then, his insurance company wouldn't cover the procedure. Four years ago, the 69-year-old qualified for Medicare ...



BBC News

Scientists call for stop to 'one-size-fits-all' weight loss plans
BBC News
Doctors need to move beyond a "one-size-fits-all" approach to tackling obesity, say scientists in Sheffield. The analysis of 4,144 obese people in Yorkshire showed they fitted into six distinct categories, each of which may need a different weight-loss ...

and more »


Fort Worth Business Press

Healthy living: Weight loss company brings home good food, profits
Fort Worth Business Press
Curious as to why his method – eating healthy, nutritious meals loaded with fat-burning vegetables and meats – was successful, Starks began researching the history of weight loss. In 2005, after the birth of the second of their three daughters, he ...



Las Vegas Review-Journal

Middle-aged women risk bone density with weight loss
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Weight loss has been associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes. However, extremes of weight loss have been associated with bone loss, and according to some studies, increased risk of fracture,” senior author Dr ...
Weight loss linked to bone lossHealthCentral.com

all 15 news articles »


NJ.com

N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie talks 2016, weight loss, pensions; state's ...
NJ.com
N.J. POLITICS ROUNDUP. A collection of political news from the Statehouse and around New Jersey. TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie appeared on the "Today" show Thursday morning, discussing his possible 2016 presidential bid and his weight-loss ...
Christie wishes he had weight-loss surgery soonerNewsday
Chris Christie wishes he got weight loss surgery sooner: Lost over 100 poundsExaminer.com

all 606 news articles »


NBCNews.com

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias' Weight Loss Tip: No More Whole Cakes
NBCNews.com
Even though he's losing a lot of weight, comedian Gabriel Iglesias, aka "Fluffy", said in an interview on Today that he's still a big dude. Iglesias was willing to tell his weight lost secret - no bread, stopped eating whole cakes - but he wasn't ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.