If you’re preparing your weight loss journey, you’re likely aware of the fact that there’s more to losing weight than adopting a low calorie diet. Reaching a healthy weight takes determination, commitment, and a willingness to break your old routines and habits. And let’s face it, since we’re all creatures of habit, shifting your routines can be the most difficult hurdle to jump.
Before shedding the pounds, you have to be willing to shed the bad habits that could be holding you back from reaching your goals. Every decision you make regarding food, exercise, and events, becomes a factor in your weight loss journey. Though it may seem overwhelming, there are little things you can do on the daily that will ensure your weight loss success.
1. Stop going through the drive thru every single day
Whether you’re accustomed to stopping at Starbucks every morning for your venti latte or Burger King for an afternoon snack, these pit-stops are keeping you back from reaching your desired weight loss goal.
However, because most foods are fine in moderation, there’s no reason you can’t stop for your favorite pick-me-up sometimes. Treat yourself, but don’t make it an everyday habit.
2. Eating junk food out of boredom
It’s super easy to sit down with a bag of potato chips and binge on Netflix. The problem is that before you know it, you’re six episodes into Friends and nearly three-fourths of the chips are gone.
If you’re prone to snacking during a movie or show, be sure to keep healthy low calorie snacks in the house. Crunching on low calorie popcorn, baby carrots, or celery is a great way to satisfy your need to munch and these treats won’t blow your diet.
3. Emotional eating
Eating during a stressful time can be a difficult habit to break. If you’ve just broken up with your significant other, it can be extremely tempting to turn to our favorite comfort food. Instead of picking up a pint of ice cream or a bag of leftover holiday chocolate, try to do something else to deal with your feelings.
If you’ve had a bad day at work and are tempted to eat your way through your anger, hit the gym instead. Taking your frustration out on the weights or indoor track will help direct your energy as well as maintain your diet goals. Plus you’ll feel so much better afterward!
4. Sitting on the couch for hours on end
While it’s super tempting to be a couch potato, especially during the colder months, it does absolutely nothing for your physical and mental wellbeing. Whenever you’re tempted to park it on the sofa, take the dog for an extended walk instead or call a friend and meet up for a cup of coffee. At the end of the day, you’ll feel better about using the time in a more productive way and you’re body will thank you for it.
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