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Behavioral Tips for Successful Weight Loss

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WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column

Do you eat while you are preparing meals? Finish the leftovers on the kid's plates? Eat when you are stressed out or unhappy? If you want to be successful at weight loss, you need to alter behaviors that caused the weight gain in the first place. Sure, it matters what you are eating, but how, when, and where you eat are equally as important. Behavior modification techniques that help you get in touch with your eating habits are the true silver bullet to permanent weight loss.

A Lifetime of Bad Habits

You need to become more aware of your eating habits and recognize that eating is so much more than meeting your nutritional needs. Changing your habits takes time, effort, and a great deal of discipline, but the rewards could last a lifetime. To make the necessary changes, you have to think differently, dismiss self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, and replace them with positive behaviors that help you gain self-control. You need to view eating well and exercising as a lifelong pursuit; highs and lows are all part of the journey toward successful weight management.

Slow and Steady

Don't try to change everything at once. Slow and steady is the operating plan. If initially you can only handle a few minutes of exercise each day, that's fine. Each day, try to do a few more minutes and before long you will be meeting your goal. If you try to change a lifetime of poor habits all at one time, you will be frustrated and tempted to revert back to those old habits. Rapid changes and quick weight loss can rob you of energy and make you feel deprived. Give yourself time to unlearn those old habits and replace them with more healthful ones

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