Making Better Choices for Weight Loss
At the end of your busy day, when your feet hurt, your kids are vying for your attention and all you want to do is plant yourself on the couch, your initial commitment to your medical weight loss program in Fayetteville and DeWitt isn’t going to be enough to keep you on track. In moments like this you are going to be faced with some pretty tempting shortcuts, and it is up to you to make the choice to stay healthy.
Developing a healthy lifestyle isn’t about learning how to go through the motions of your medical weight loss plan. To make sustainable changes in your life you need to develop a new attitude towards healthy eating and living, and this means learning to make the healthy choice when faced with a tough situation.
During your medical weight management program, Dr. Scinta will provide you with strong guidelines that you can follow on your road to healthiness, but sometimes following those guidelines is a challenge in and of itself. You know you should cook a healthy dinner, follow your meal replacement diet or get off the couch and go for your evening walk—but knowing you should do it and making the choice to get up and do it are two very different things.
As you lose weight, do your best to put yourself in situations where it will be easier for you to make the right choice.
Here are a few strategies that can help you make healthier decisions day by day:
- Never shop hungry. The food store can easily become a huge trap if you are hungry when you walk in the door. Do your best to schedule trips weekly and only head for the grocery store when you have a full stomach.
- Use a list. Make a list and stick to it, even as the BOGO offers call your name. Try planning out meals as you create your list so that you know all the ingredients you need before setting foot in the grocery store.
- Be prepared. Know that there will be nights when you are not interested in cooking a healthy meal, and have something quick and easy in the freezer or pantry to help you out. When the drive thru is suddenly seeming like a viable option for the night, quickly turn to your back up plan instead.
- Just do it. When all else fails, try taking quick actions that reduce your choice in any given situation. If you are tired after work and realize you are not likely to get up after dinner to go to the gym, stop at the gym on your way home from work instead. When you pick the kids up from school take them straight to the park so you can walk a few laps before heading home to tackle homework.
What other choices are you faced with daily that can interfere with your medical weight loss program? Share your thoughts and experiences in a comment below.