How to develop lifestyle habits for losing weight and keeping it off!

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Brenda Braslow
Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

Is it time to troubleshoot your lifestyle habits for losing weight? Learn some expert tips and habits for both losing weight and sustaining your new health strategies.

Habits for losing weight

Reset habits for losing weight

Isn't it interesting that we are usually better at solving other people's problems or observing their habits without even considering our own? Pretty true in the healthy lifestyle arena, as well.

So, it is quite common to ask friends for advice or seek help from a counselor when we need to hit the healthy-habit reset button. A good friend or counselor can see our issues from the outside and point things out to help us move in a healthier direction, even brainstorming habits for losing weight.

As for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is also quite smart and effective to evaluate your habits. Some of them may not be helping you meet your health goals. Tracking calories with an app like MyNetDiary is an effective and objective method for losing, maintaining, or gaining weight and provides a great opportunity to observe your daily habits.

Check in with your habits so you can meet your goals for losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle

Watch your behaviors and habits as if you were another person. Take it all in and give yourself advice as if you were a friend. Pretend you are a fly on the wall, observing everything without judgment. Remember, the fly on the wall is not judgmental; it simply observes. To see things more clearly, look at your behaviors as an outsider without blame or opinion.

How to use your food tracker data to reset eating and exercise behaviors

  1. Find a quiet space to review your food log. Reflect on the "when," "where", "why", and "how" of your eating and exercise habits.
  2. As a casual, fly-on-the-wall observer, pick out a lifestyle behavior that is not working for your healthy lifestyle goal. Break it down into smaller components to recognize patterns and connections. Think about how you might break specific lifestyle patterns. For example, is there an environmental cue or trigger that causes you to eat more than you need or to skip exercise? Troubleshoot, thinking about the different possibilities, and try out other options until you are successful. Remember, life is not perfect, and your situation may also change. You may need to try different strategies and switch gears as the need arises.

Solutions to common healthy-habit-sabotaging scenarios

1. During her afternoon work break, Jenny finds herself wandering back to the break room where she socializes and snacks with co-workers. It has become a social ritual. Everyone brings in snacks, candies, and especially high-calorie foods they want to get out of the home. She finds herself eating a lot of calories with no room in her daily calorie budget.

Strategies to break Jenny's habit and help her calorie budget:

Jenny might pick one strategy and see how it works for her. If it doesn't work or her situation changes, no worries, move on to another plan.

2. Steve really enjoys walking in the evening as a way to exercise, unwind, and connect with nature. He makes a plan to walk for 30 minutes after dinner on Monday through Thursday. It works for the summer, but by fall, he realizes he is hooked on an interesting TV show after dinner and notices his walking plan backsliding. It is time to switch gears.

Possible encouragements to keep Steve walking, an exercise he truly enjoys:

3. Reflecting on her habits, Yolanda realizes she is grocery shopping on Mondays after work, when it is very crowded. She is pretty hungry and tired. She figures out that she often buys foods that don't work best for her health.

Specific ways for Yolanda to change her grocery habits and support a healthier lifestyle:

Yes, calorie and exercise tracking are important for balancing calories to meet your health goals. Why not take it a step further by observing your habits and solving some issues you struggle with in order to make your plan more smooth, effective, and sustainable? Hitting the reset button on lifestyle habits to lose weight and keep it off could be your easiest adjustment with "trim"endous rewards.

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Weight Loss->Behavior
Jul 19, 2021

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