You want to lose weight and you want to keep it off. That means one thing; you’re going to have to retrain yourself to eat differently.
Successfully maintaining a healthy weight means that you can’t just eat a bunch of diet entrees until you reach goal and then revert to former eating habits.
It doesn’t mean you can cut out or drastically reduce carbs until you get to goal and revert to old eating habits.
It doesn’t mean you can do anything just long enough to get to goal and then revert to old eating habits.
It means you need to make changes to the way you eat to lose weight, and those changes have to be changes you’re willing to keep so that you can maintain your weight loss.
It’s not as hard as it sounds. Start by looking at what you’re currently eating, how much you eat, the times you eat and the circumstances under which you eat. This enables you to chart your course.
How often do you eat when you’re not hungry?
What foods make up the mainstay of your diet?
How do you typically prepare foods?
How often do you eat between meals?
What kinds of foods do you eat between meals?
What do you drink, both non alcoholic and alcoholic?
How often do you drink beverages other than water or milk?
Do you eat many low-fat or fat-free foods?
Do you use artificial sweeteners?
How often do you eat out (that includes eating in cars)?
How do you order when eating out – is every restaurant meal treated like a special occasion with appetizers, drinks, and dessert or do they resemble about what you would eat if you were eating at home in both food choices and portions?
How much weight do you need to lose?