The best way of taking control of your food and eating habits for good is to develop good strategies that you can easily implement and stick to without overwhelm.
Losing weight and most importantly sticking to it, is a complete lifestyle overhaul and not just a meal plan that you can stick to. This is why so many fail at it. It means changing not only your ways of shopping, cooking and eating, but also dealing with other issues such as how you deal with stress, celebrate when you are happy and how you deal with moments of sadness and other emotions we tend to avoid feeling.
Along with this, your tastebuds will need to adjust to less salt, sugar and fat and so finding foods that you actually like is a trial and error process. This requires patience to try and experiment without giving up if you cook something you don’t particularly like a few times.
The truth is, our tastebuds change over time and you soon lose the taste for sugar, salt and fat very easy if you stick with it through the first couple of weeks.
Just like when we were children, we were taught how to brush our teeth, change our clothes and brush our hair before setting out. Now, we do these things automatically without any thought whatsoever.
This is the same with diet. If we change our habits to healthy ones gradually until they stick, losing weight becomes a lot easier and ingrained, without the pain and shock of changing everything at once.
Our first habit for the 1st week is – Write down everything that passes your lips all day, every day. This is an excellent habit to adopt. When you see it in print, you start making changes very quickly! Ensure that you write everything down, from a nibble here to a spoonful of yogurt there. Have pen and paper handy in the kitchen and at work, so that you keep tabs on yourself. This will really open your eyes to the food you consume, as we often forget throughout the day what we have eaten and how much.