Five Steps to Break Your Bad Habits During Weight Loss
As your journey through your weight loss program you may inherit some bad habits that you will unknowingly do. Do not worry, mostly all of us fall victims to this phenomenon. But it does not mean that we can do nothing about it.
Some People tend to let these bad habits pass them by thinking that it won’t do any major damage to both them and their weight loss regime. But what they fail to realize is that “letting those minor bad habits pass them by” will later on cause a big fallback when your continue it. Here are five ways to see what those common bad habits are and how you can break them.
- Know What Those Bad Habits Are
Knowing what your bad habits are is a very tricky process. Because sometimes, you yourself have no idea that you are ACTUALLY creating that particular negative routine. But there is a technique to pinpointing these habits.
In this case, you are going on a diet. What better way to create a bad habit than to have episodes of over eating, binge eating or even stress eating. This is the top contender of bad habits when it comes to weight loss. Take note of the reasons why you eat too much because these will help you to control and eventually stop your bad habit.
- Find Out What Triggers Them and How You React to Each Trigger Episode
More often than not, there are reasons why a bad habit is born. It can either be stress related, emotional instability or even physical exhaustion. That is why I have said beforehand to take down notes of each “bad habit” episode that you will encounter.
By doing so, you can now make a more well thought of and realistic plan to help suppress and stop these habits from happening again. For example, if you notice that you tend to over eat after you have just reduced your food intake, change your approach. Instead, you can reduce your intake but take light and healthy snack in between so your body won’t feel hungry all the time.
- Start With Baby Steps
It is not easy to break a habit. Like the saying goes, “it takes one week to make and break a habit”. So do not expect that you can break your bad habits that easily with just one or two tries. Give your approach and, most importantly, yourself time to adjust and become accustomed to the new change.
Take it one step at a time and one day at a time. Do not push yourself to instantly break your bad habit because it can backfire on you. What we must stay clear from is the possibility of your body and yourself to have a “withdrawal” while doing it. So take it slow and steady.
- Make a Practical Weekly Goal
When I say practical I mean it. Do not create goals that you know that you yourself cannot accomplish. Do not copy the goals of other people because not all bodies function the same. Make your own goal that you will make especially for yourself.
Another thing that you must do is to create a short term goal. A weekly goal is a good way to go when dealing with a bad habit break. You can also use this span of time to observe if you and your body is able to accept the change you made in a positive and healthy way.
- Learn How to Control Your Stress in a Healthy Way
Stress is probably the number one culprit in any bad habit formation. And for those who are going on a diet, the best way to satisfy your stress is though eating. I, for one, was very guilty of this when I was just stating my diet. I tend to eat more or cheat some snack like cakes, chocolates and chips in my diet just to feel good. Which is a big NO-NO when you are on the road in getting back your healthy lifestyle.
What you can do is, you can alter your stress eating in a healthy manner. Instead of eating a lot, eat an ample amount of healthy food add hunger-boosting food in your meals like oatmeal, eggs and the likes. Another thing that you can do is to replace your “cheat snacks” with something healthy like fruits, plain yogurt with homemade fruit syrups, fruit drinks and many more.
It is hard to break a habit especially if it satisfies you when you do it. But you need to look at the bigger picture that each time you let the “bad habits” have their way, all your hard work will be for naught. So have the determination to become healthy and the perseverance to commit to your goals.