Sensible and simple weight loss tip number 7: Don’t eat on the run

This will give your body the message that time is scarce, that you are under pressure and that you are stressed, increasing stress hormones. Give your body a different message and try to sit down and eat your meals as calm as possible. Remember to chew well, digestion begins in the mouth.

Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain it in the following three years.

We make more than 200 food decisions a day, and most of these appear to be automatic or habitual, which means we unconsciously eat without reflection, deliberation or any sense of awareness of what or how much food we select and consume. So often habitual behaviours override our best intentions.

A new study has found the key to staying a healthy weight is to reinforce healthy habits.

Imagine each time a person goes home in the evening; they eat a snack. When they first eat the snack, a mental link is formed between the context (getting home) and their response to that context (eating a snack). Every time they subsequently snack in response to getting home, this link strengthens, to the point that getting home prompts them to eat a snack automatically. This is how a habit form.

New research has found weight-loss interventions that are founded on habit-change, (forming new habits or breaking old habits) may be effective at helping people lose weight and keep it off.

So why don’t you change the habit of eating on the run and make sure that you always sit down at the table. Make time to do excuses. Once you have tried and tested you will feel empowered and different.

Thank you for reading

Fiona Waring 
Dip Nut, BSc.(Hons), MSc PHN, ANutr 

Nutritional Therapist
M: +44 07957 267 964

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