Release Date: 03-07-2006 Click here for a larger view
HONESDALE, PA—It’s three months into the New Year. Do you know where your resolutions are? If eating healthier foods and exercising regularly were part of your plan for the New Year, it can be challenging to add them or keep them as part of your lifestyle after the New Year.
Your regular, everyday habits affect behavior health and weight-loss goals. It is interesting to take a look at daily habits and keep a record of what you find.
Keep track of calorie intake, servings of fruits and vegetables, exercise sessions, medication usage, etc. You‘ll be surprised to see how these measures affect weight. Tracking these different health components can be used at times when you're not sure how you're doing, and at times when you want health benefits to increase. Careful record keeping usually contributes to positive changes in diet and exercise behaviors of those who keep track. For example, keeping a record of exercise can let you easily track how you're doing. When the record shows that your exercise is increasing, you'll be encouraged to keep it up.
Avoid A Chain Reaction
Can you predict when you’re likely to overeat? While watching television? Whenever treats are on display by the office coffee pot? When a certain friend visits? One option to try is severing the association of eating with that particular activity – don't eat while watching television. Avoid or eliminate the activity – leave the coffee room immediately after pouring coffee. Change the circumstances surrounding the activity – plan to meet with a friend in non-food settings. In general, visible and accessible food items are often cues for unplanned eating.
Get The (Fullness) Message
Changing the way you go about eating can make it easier to eat less without feeling deprived. I