Established habits take time to be replaced with new ones. For this reason I tell my clients that are using the Medifast diet plan, it is a process of taking small baby steps.
Here’s an example.
For instance, if I’m dealing with a mom that works outside of the house and at the end of most work days she feels overwhelmed and exhausted, she may not feel like being on a weight loss plan. In the past, this is the time of day when she has established the habit of using food for comfort. She knows that thawing a Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie and a drinking a glass of wine will not help her shed unwanted pounds. Neither will picking up dinner at a fast-food restaurant for the family, but she’s tired and it has become a routine, a habit. Chances are she’ll chalk up her weight loss efforts as one more failure at dieting.
In all likelihood, she has forgotten how to plan her day so that her kitchen is set up in a way where the right kind of food is in the house, and meals will be easy to prepare. For this to happen, her baby step to change may simply be to go to the grocery store, walk around the produce section and lean meat isle to just start thinking about the kind of healthy foods she would enjoy cooking? That’s a baby step. She needs to feel like it is a something she can truly fit into her busy life. If it isn't, she won’t do it and it will compound her feelings of frustration.
Whether or not you are on the Medifast diet or not, below are some baby step tips that can help.
• Find one way, every day to move just a little bit more. It can be as simple as using a light hand weight while watching television.
• Find a way to fit one more glass of water into your day.
• Practice sitting down every time you eat; for the next 3 days.
• Practice chewing your food slowly; focus on that for just one day.
• Create a graph so you can monitor their weight loss pattern.
I believe we need to give ourselves permission to take baby steps toward our weight loss goals. By doing so, you are giving yourself the chance to really change from the inside out and connect the brain to the body.
Maybe this sounds like you? There is hope and help. Your can conquer your emotional eating habits.
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