One of the issues that people face when trying to lose weight is cutting things out of your life because the very nature of them being in our lives means that they have become habit. The old phrase is that old habits die hard and changing your lifestyle is incredibly difficult to do. The thing is that habits in your lifestyle can become similar to an addiction which is something that people looking in can’t hope to understand. Eating is an example of this.
When you say that you have an issue where you are consuming too much chocolate (for example) which is making you put on weight, people will often say, ‘why don’t you just stop?’ When you eat something it makes you feel good and you want to keep eating to make sure that you have the good feeling consistently. You can’t give it all up straight away because it is a big part of your life, and in order to change your lifestyle you need to gradually phase the bad habits out of your life.
This is not easy. If you have got into the habit of eating sugary snacks when you are peckish then it is very tempting to eat a chocolate bar when you are on a diet. If you were to cut this completely out of your life then it is incredibly likely that you would end up ruining your diet – you’ll think ‘maybe I can afford to have one’ and that will multiply and turn into ten and twenty which will obviously prevent you from losing weight. The best way to change your lifestyle is gradually.
Don’t give up all sugary snacks. Begin by reducing the number; perhaps by half and find an alternative method of snacking; fruit for example. It is similar to weaning a baby off breast milk – slowly moving onto something else whilst phasing out the original source.
One thing is for sure, if you try and stop something and change your lifestyle immediately, you will more than likely give in and ruin your hard work. If, however, you do it gradually you are much more likely to keep it up and feel the effects of success in the future. It is much less hard work and much more satisfying in the long run – you get into good habits which gradually take over from the bad habits; what could be better?