Any self-improvement effort requires a fierce dedication to well-defined goals and behavioral changes. Regarding weight loss, it is essential to start by thinking ahead to all the challenges you might face and clearing them away beforehand. Doing this will help you elicit the correct weight loss behavioral pattern and proper response from your body, thereby focusing your entire system on losing weight in a timely, sustainable fashion.

Weight loss can be an actual test of anyone’s self-discipline, patience, and perseverance. One of the biggest challenges is that your body is used to a particular routine. But, good or bad, you are comfortable with your current home and work environment. 

But these are the patterns that set you on a weight gain path. Therefore, breaking away from these routines is the first step to creating sustainability in the quest for a healthy body.

The common misconception is that to lose weight, you must starve yourself. In fact, your eating habits at home need to be based on necessity rather than a whim. Eating right is the cornerstone of wholesome health and maintainable, healthy body weight. On a weight loss routine, you need to get your body used to eating proper meals with a balanced amount of the essential elements of a good diet—such as carbs, vitamins, proteins, and adequate water.

One thing that can help you is to ensure that your eating becomes a ritual, not interrupted by other activities. For example, avoid eating while standing beside the refrigerator, watching television, working on your laptop, or reading. These habits prolong your eating time and create inconsistency in your portions.

Correct Food Selection

Another thing that will help you on your weight loss journey is to assess all the foods stocked in your pantry. Do they add value to your quest? For example, processed foods have high salt content, filling your body with fat bags and creating health complications.

Junk foods escalate sugar levels, which then drop all at once, creating fatigue and making you feel hungry. Clear these foods from the house, or there will be a setback. Instead of relying on processed foods, enjoy preparing meals and snacking on wholesome foods, like fruit slices and low-fat snacks.

Related Interesting Reading

The University of California San Fransisco Health section has a good article, Behavior Modification Ideas for Weight Management. The report provides ideas like those presented here to help you meet your goals.

Exercise Restraint in your Workplace

A meaningful way to eliminate the chances of coworkers disrupting your routine is to make your weight loss plan clear to everyone in your work environment. Doing this can also help to create a support system for you. Unfortunately, most people have unhealthy eating habits in their work environment, which can make weight issues inevitable.

Another tip for your work environment is to create a definitive plan for where you take your meals at work. To do this may involve being strict about not using your workstation as a food pantry. Instead, only eat at the workplace dining area and only eat foods you have prepared yourself. 

Consistency in your eating patterns at work will gradually condition your body. If you are erratic with your mealtimes, that will also fuel your need to snack—which is obviously incompatible with weight loss.

The workplace is also an environment that encourages a life of convenience. Many people drive to and from work or take public transit. Make walking at least part of the way to your workplace a habit. Or, if you want to be fresh when you get to work, then make a habit of walking home. If you have free time, spend it outdoors rather than being caged inside with a bag of chips.

Concluding Remarks

Consistent behavior can help you generate positive mental responses towards even the most strenuous activities. If you follow these practices, they will be second nature in time. Then, instead of losing your will to live whenever you hear the words healthy food and exercise, when you open your eyes in the morning, you will wake up looking forward to them.

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Jeff Moji

Hi there. I'm Jeff Moji, an engineer, information technologist, and health enthusiast. I have set up this website to explore the best ways to keep fit and healthy as I grow older during this pandemic-prone time. Please keep in touch so we can exchange information and spur one another on.

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