Let’s face the facts for a moment. Our bodies are incredibly fickle objects – especially our mind. For example, when you are entering your weight loss plan and have decided on a wealthy diet, after a few days you start to crave the food that you gave up. It is such a cruel trick that our mind plays. We have decided what needs to be cut out from our daily habits and, regardless of how steadfast we are with these plans, our minds always make us want that junk food or other unhealthy habits that we intended to kick to the curb.
With that, it is important to realize that behavior modification is a large and unavoidable task that needs to be dealt with when entering a weight loss and/or exercise program. A large population of people with weight loss goals typically avoid eating as much as they used to. While there are definitely right and wrong ways to approach this process, it is inevitable that cravings are bound to happen. When they do, it is important to document and understand the underlying cause for them. You will never be able to achieve behavior modification without fully understanding what it is about your behavior that needs change and, more importantly, what causes it.
When it comes to eating during your weight loss plan, there are a range of circumstances and moods that can deter our best made plans. Anything ranging from anger to happiness to loneliness can effect the way our mind is currently working and, thus, giving you the feeling of having to eat. Even with understanding where these notions begin, you need to understand that these eating habits are truly difficult to break. These temptations may be the most difficult part for you in succeeding in your weight loss plans. In order to overcome this monumental tasks, it is important that you develop new habits that not only add benefits to your weight loss, but also consciously battle both your bad habits and poor behavior.
For example, eating three meals a day with only one or two planned snacks will help you overcome your desire to eat during stressful, or any other type of emotion, period.
In addition to that, try your best to prolong your meals by eating slowly. You don’t have to go as far as putting down your utensil between every bite, or counting out a certain amount of “chews” before swallowing. But, try your best to be mindful of how fast you are consuming your food. Faster consumption is linked to you feeling unsatisfied and, ultimately, further cravings for food later in the day.
Another factor to include in behavior modification should be rather obvious, but is usually ignored for any magnitude of reasons. Do not even purchase those foods that might sabotage your weight loss. If it is poor for your weight loss goals, simply don’t purchase it when shopping. There is no need to add more temptation to the mix when it is temptation that we are attempting to exclude from the weight loss process.
Behavior modification is often an overlooked part of weight loss. Some people seem to think that it is too psychological for a physiological process. But, when you have you mind and body working in synch, you will start to see results more clearly and, even better, more quickly.
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