How to Manage Your Food and Maintain a Healthy Weight

by | Sep 21, 2016 | Blog, Healthy Eating for Life | 16 comments

  • Are you tired of torturing yourself with restrictive diets?
  • Does “healthy eating” make you think about foods you can’t have?

 

The first step in beginning a healthy approach with your food choices, your weight-loss journey, or your general eating habits, is to decide what makes sense for you. As a matter of fact, you probably already know that losing weight and/or maintaining a healthy weight takes time and effort. The bottom line is you have to make some changes (If it were easy, everyone would be would be thinner!).

It’s been shown that counting calories is an important tool in your weight loss toolkit. In the long run, people do better when they count calories versus when they don’t. However, that doesn’t mean it works for everyone at all times. With this in mind, take time to find what works for you, and stick with it. Especially if you enjoy what you find out.

 

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Start: Set Goals

Your first step is to assess your current eating habits, then make a game plan. Equally important, include long-term, as well as immediate goals. After all, if you want a healthy, food practice that you can stick with, eventually, you have to make a commitment.

 

And: Track Yourself

Generally speaking, self-awareness begets self-motivation. Not only do you become more accountable when you track your behavior, additionally, you motivate yourself to change

 

Then: Eat Mindfully and Make it Visible

Significantly, healthy eating includes not making any food forbidden, as well as not going overboard. Start to eat mindfully by discovering which foods make your life easier. Then learn key healthy-eating principles.

Additionally, Slow Down. Surprisingly, one of the best ways to a healthy relationship with food is taking your time to eating it.

With these ideas in mind, track yourself with a food diary. In fact, one of your most powerful tools is a food diary. In the long run, using one makes it easier to manage your weight, eating habits, and relationship to food

As a result of using a food diary, the challenges you experience in eating become visible. At the same time, you see when you reach each goal.

 

Also: Get Support

Meanwhile, developing a habit of healthy eating is challenging, so don’t expect to do it alone. In fact, find a cheerleader, or a couple of people you can call on for encouragement when you’re frustrated. Additionally, look for companions to celebrating your successes.

 

Maintain a Healthy Weight - Perspective

Finally: Change Your Perspective

Finally, when you start to make changes, your results won’t happen all at once. With this in mind, don’t give up if you experience a setback. To put it another way, don’t beat yourself up about it.

For the most part, it’s not enough to eat healthy foods and exercise for a few weeks or even months. Ultimately, you have to change your lifestyle if you want to manage your weight successfully, healthily and for the long-term.

 

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