With a new year comes new habits. I’m sure we all have some bad habits when it comes to eating too much, or eating when we shouldn’t. We really only need to eat when we’re hungry, but the problem is that we tend to eat when we’re bored, and when we think we should be eating, like lunch time and supper time.
Please don’t misunderstand the point that I’m trying to make, lunch and supper are very important meals, but let’s say you’re away from the house for awhile, and you eat something at around 3 in the afternoon. When you get home around supper time, you don’t necessarily need to eat just because it’s supper time. If you’re feeling hungry, then eat, if not, then don’t, and have something when you’re hungry.
Another bad habit that we have is eating until we’re full. If we don’t feel full, we must not have eaten enough, right? If only that were true… Once you stop feeling hungry, your body is telling you that it doesn’t need any more food. By eating until you’re full, you’re eating until your body tells you that it can’t take any more food. At this point, you’ve eaten too much.
You have to listen to the advice your body is giving you. If your body doesn’t need the calories that you’re feeding it, then it’s just going to turn the food into fat instead of using it for energy, which you will just need to burn off anyways.
Do you snack much between meals? If you’re hungry, then it’s not a problem, but do you snack just because you’re used to eating at that time? Or maybe you’re watching a movie and you just need to have that bag of popcorn to go with it… Are you hungry, or is this just a habit that you’ve developed?
The next time that you watch a movie, try leaving the popcorn in the cupboard. I guarantee that it’s going to feel a little weird at first, but keep it up. Within a month, you’ll have formed your new habit, and you won’t even miss the popcorn anymore.
Building healthy habits is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Start with small steps, and when you’ve formed your first couple of healthy habits, you’ll be more confident in tackling the big things in your life that are preventing you from living a healthy lifestyle.