One of the most important parts of our comprehensive, integrated approach to weight loss is the implementation of lifestyle changes or daily habits. Often, some simple to define (but hard to put into practice) changes in habits are key to improving your overall health outcomes and jumpstarting long-lasting weight loss. Although the changes you need to make are individualized to you and your current lifestyle, there are some habits that are great for everyone to implement.
Get rid of the notion of feeling full.
You don’t have to feel as though you can’t eat another bite in order to be “full.” In truth, if you feel this way you have already eaten too much. You should only eat to remedy hunger. When the hunger stops, you should stop eating for that meal.
If you eat your portion and still feel hungry, you should wait at least 10 minutes before getting another helping. This gives your body time to digest a bit and send the message to your brain that you do not need any more food.
Embrace the meal prepping craze.
Eating several times a day and keeping yourself from overeating are both made much easier with meal prepping. When you prep your meals in advance, you have ultimate portion control. You’ll also be more inclined to go for the healthier option if it is the most convenient to grab and go. If you often skip meals because you are busy, meal prepping is essential to your success.
Ditch fad diets and go for a holistic nutritional meal plan.
Fad diets are always calling on you to give up or severely restrict something, whether it is fat, sugar, carbs, grains, proteins, meat, veggies, or what have you. These are the worst ways to lose weight. First, those solutions aren’t right for everyone. That’s why there are so many.
But the real problem with cutting a certain type of food from your diet is that your body requires nutrients from the entire food pyramid. You cannot expect your health to improve or for weight loss to be permanent if you are not giving your body what it needs to thrive.
If you aren’t sure what a healthy meal plan looks like for you or if you would like a new, integrated approach to weight loss, contact us today for an appointment.