If you’re the type of person who diets like crazy and then binges the moment bad feelings sink in, you’re not alone. There are many people who do the same thing. It’s a habit that became routine but one that can be unlearned over time.
The number one thing to do it to learn what triggers your frenzied eating behaviors. Then you can choose a healthier option to replace it with. The key is to know the triggers.
By replacing bad habits with good habits, you shift your perspective and increase the likelihood of your dieting and fitness success. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the right path.
Track your triggers.
Be very specific when tracking the things that triggered you to eat erratically. You’ll then have the ability to refer to your notes to see if there are specific patterns affecting your eating habits. Chances are that you’ll find the source quickly if you keep a log and be very detailed in describing what went on, how you were feeling, and even what time of day it was.
Make small changes that increase in complexity over time.
When tackling a large goal such as the ones you set for yourself while you’re trying to lose weight or eat healthier, it’s important to set small goals. Each step that you take leads to the next which leads to the next.
Choose foods that give you more nutritional bang for your buck.
Look for foods that deliver the greatest nutritional value for the number of calories you’re consuming. Choose meals, snacks, and beverages that are high in protein and low in fat, sugar, and sodium. Protein-packed entrees, and protein-packed soups will keep you feeling full longer so you don’t feel as compelled to snack.
Know that change doesn’t happen overnight and that every step you take is one closer to making your health goals come true.
No matter how difficult it may seem to stay on track of your goals, know that every step that you take in the right direction is significantly altering the course of your life positively. Each time that you choose to eat right, you’re telling your brain that you matter and that your health does, too!
Make yourself a priority by doing things that make you feel good.
Make sure to take the time to set some systems in place. Having a food journal that you can write in wherever you go is ideal. If you don’t like the idea of someone else reading it, you can always download an app for your phone. Most digital journals are password-protected so you don’t have to worry about someone else seeing what you’ve written if you don’t want them to.
Replace each bad habit with a new, positive habit for better success.
Say goodbye to bad habits by clearly identifying the root cause of them. When you discover the reasoning behind an action, you can work to change your reactions so that they better benefit you and your weight loss plan. Rather than grab whatever food is in front of you and eat it, you stop, acknowledge the feelings that are coming up, and then act by doing something that is positive, healthy, and self-sustaining.