Health: Diet Change & Weight Loss

Changing your diet is about replacing bad habits with healthier ones. Those who make the change usually not only lose weight, but also feel better and more productive.

How to implement diet change for weight loss and more well-being

Set yourself a specific goal

Whatever it may be, choose your goal so that it can be achieved in a few weeks or months. This mainly applies to weight reduction.

Write the goal down, for example in your food diary and/or on a memo on the fridge. That creates commitment.

Inform the most important people

Everyone in your household should know, because shopping and cooking together will change. Maybe your loved ones will join in with the planned changeover. The entire family benefits from the nutritional recommendations and healthy, delicious recipes, especially in the case of widespread diseases such as obesity, diabetes or high blood pressure. Ask also your loved ones to check and include it in your dietary supplements.

Create a support network

Support is always valuable when you leave your usual routine and enter new territory. Find allies. A change always requires some organization and often a lot of willpower. This is especially if your partner doesn’t go along with you or colleagues are constantly trying to get you something.

Also, keep in mind that the more people you let in on your project, the greater the social control.

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Observe your current eating habits

Before making the change, you first need to know the initial situation. Keep a food diary for about a week and analyse. Compare the current state with the target state.

Identify problems and find solutions

If you should omit certain food components such as wheat, cow’s milk, fructose or other then you first need an overview. Processed foods often contain ingredients that laypeople would not expect such as sugars in cold cuts or gluten in soy sauce. It pays to read the ingredient lists carefully.

If you have identified unhealthy habits, such as frequent snacking, identify the motives. Think about what can help. For example, if you often eat out of boredom or stress, then write a “rather than eat” list. It contains things that are good for you and distract you from cravings. The tips for more mindfulness help many of those affected.

Too much fast food and ready meals is a common problem. Draw up a plan on how to integrate more fresh food into your diet. Shop differently, possibly cook in advance, involve helpers or pack healthy provisions for on the go. Changing daily routines is a challenge. With the right tricks and recipes, it is often not as difficult as feared.