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Ways To Focus On Healthy Eating

The psychology of why people struggle with weight loss and healthy eating often goes pretty deep, but these 5 ways to focus on healthy eating may just be what you’re looking for. They are written by Sandra Harrison for FitnessRepublic.com and she outlines a few techniques that you may well have never come across. For instance, some people advise to completely remove ‘fatty foods’ from your diet, and she says this isn’t necessary – you can simply treat yourself with small portions.

Ways To Focus On Healthy Eating

Ways To Focus On Healthy EatingHow to Stay Focused On Healthy Eating # 1

Don’t Eliminate ‘Fatty Foods’

No it isn’t taboo to eat small, controlled portions of the fatty foods that you love oh-so-much. Completely eliminating the fattening, sugary foods that you enjoy could eventually lead to bouts of binge eating, or a complete abandonment of the diet. Be kind to yourself, a little piece of chocolate won’t hurt your progress.

How to Stay Focused On Healthy Eating # 2:

Experiment

Experiment with healthy snack options and keep a stock of these at home. As soon as you feel the urge to nibble, head to the healthy snack corner and nibble away! Finding out which healthy snacks click with your palate will allow you to sidestep your favorite junk food without feeling the temptation to have just a bit.

How to Stay Focused On Healthy Eating # 3

Get a Partner

Finding a partner to share the highs and lows of adopting a healthy eating lifestyle will make sticking to the regime seem a whole lot manageable. Take a family member or friend on board to keep yourself motivated, and to make it easier to achieve your desired target.

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Of these ways to focus on healthy living I thought that the advice to get a partner hit the nail on the head. If you have an accountability partner, you can reward or punish each other, to keep you both motivated. You could even apply fines for when you drift off track. From personal experience, I think the biggest point about eating unhealthily is that it affects your energy levels and your state of mind. When you eat snacks that are high in sugar from sweets and chocolate, they release sugar so quickly that your brain peaks, and then crashes, leaving you feeling less energized than before – which can cause you to crave for more, then it happens all over again. It’s a slippery slope. I therefore wouldn’t agree with the first point above. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so if you can remove the typically unhealthy snacks from your diet completely, after 21 days the cravings should go. For me, I’m not tempted to eat cakes etc unless it’s a very special occasion – and I have a very sweet tooth. I think of cakes as hours on a treadmill or half a marathon. But that’s just me..

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3 Ways To Focus On Your Weight Loss Goals

If you’re one to struggle with weight loss, then these 3 ways to focus on your weight loss goals are definitely worth a read. I’ve excerpted the paragraph that caught my attention straight away, and that is digging deep to find out why you are wanting to lose the weight. This can be applied to anything, not just weight loss. Without understanding why you want to do something, you’ll struggle to focus and motivate yourself. This advice is written by Kelli Cooper for Medical Daily.com

3 Ways To Focus On Your Weight Loss Goals

Ways To Focus On Your Weight Loss GoalsGet Clear on Your ”Why”

Behind every decision we make, large and small, lays some perceived benefit. By doing said thing, we will feel better or get something we want. That is obvious, but we often fail to really gain deep clarity on why we want the things we want. I think of this deep clarity as the reasons behind the reasons. The more you examine why you want something, the more you will be motivated to get it. You will realize how important it is to you and you will make a commitment to getting it. Without a strong ”why”, we are unfocused; we lack motivation; we self-sabotage. Think of your reasons for weight loss and get detailed with the reasons behind those reasons.

If you want to have a nicer body, why? If you want to be able to do more things with your kids, why? If you want to be healthier, why? If you want to get off those medications, why? If you want to feel more confident, why?

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If you read all of the 3 ways to focus on your weight loss goals, you’ll have seen that managing stress plays a big part in it, as well as practicing forgiveness and thinking long-term. Once again stress rears its ugly head as it is detrimental to losing weight. What isn’t mentioned here though, is that stress causes your body to release the (stress) hormone, cortisol, which is believed to lead to the production of fat cells – exactly what you don’t want! Manage stress before it manages you!

 

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