Weight Loss: Breaking These 5 Habits Makes a Difference in 2 Weeks

Weight Loss: Breaking These 5 Habits Makes a Difference in 2 Weeks

It is not easy to change your habits, especially those that you have had for many years. But breaking these five unhealthy habits can affect your weight. Start by following these 5 habits for a good two weeks. When the result appears on the scale, you will be prompted to continue.

1) No TV while eating and only as much as you exercise

Studies show that watching television or other “screen time” such as using a computer is a factor in weight gain. You are not moving and are likely sipping or snacking. Therefore, do not spend more time watching TV or in front of a screen than exercising. This way, you will get rid of the bad habit of mindless eating and get into the good habit of being more active.

2) No sugar other than what is naturally found in the fruit

If you want something sweet, eat fruit. Otherwise, avoid sugar and sweet foods, including table sugar, brown sugar, honey, jams and jellies, candies, desserts and sodas. Alcohol is also considered a candy. Remember that many artificially sweetened foods such as candies, cookies, cakes, ice cream and yogurt are high in calories. Relying on fruit to satisfy your cravings is a healthier, lower-calorie habit.

3) No snacks except fruits, vegetables and nuts

Common snacks are usually high in calories and low in nutritional value. If you are hungry between meals, eat only fruits, vegetables or hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds and nothing else. Snacking on fruits, vegetables and nuts two or three times a day can help you manage your weight. Stock up on ready-to-eat fruit and vegetables at home.

4) Moderate consumption of meat and low-fat dairy products.

Limit your total daily consumption of meat, poultry and fish to the size of a deck of cards. If you do consume dairy products, use only skim milk and low-fat varieties and consume them in moderation, about two servings a day. Whole dairy products contain saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol levels. Even lean meats and skinless poultry contain saturated fat and cholesterol and can be high in calories.

5) Avoid restaurant pitfalls

Dieting is associated with weight gain. The exciting sights and smells of the restaurant tempt you with high-calorie products and large portions. If you must eat out, be sure to order food and drinks that match your purpose.

Changing habits is a challenge, but with confidence and the right strategies, you can succeed. And remember: your immediate goal is to last only two weeks with these changes.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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