Retraining Yourself to Eat for Weight Loss Success (Part 1)

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.

Retraining yourself to improve your eating habits isn't changing everything all of the time. It's changing some things some of the time.

Retraining yourself to improve your eating habits isn’t changing everything all of the time. It’s changing some things some of the time.

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.

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Have no fear, you don’t need to turn into a rabbit-food eating fiend!

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.

Noodles? Yes? Straight out of the carton? Probably not!

Noodles? Yes? Straight out of the carton? Probably not!

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?

You can choose what to eat without worrying about the "diet police" judging your choices!
You can choose what to eat without worrying about the “diet police” judging your choices!
 Come back tomorrow with your answer to questions about your current eating habits and I’ll show you how to retrain yourself to eat to weigh less and be healthier!

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.