How should you think when you want to create new habits? How do you choose the right diet and where do you start?
- Think about what new habits you want to add. Often it’s not a question of completely changing habits or choosing a particular diet, it’s more important to break a few bad habits like snacking between meals, eating large portions, drinking too much soda or wine or skipping meals – which only makes you really hungry, says Maria Nygårds.
According to Fazer's Lunch Report 2017, every third Swede skips lunch. And frequently end up with a higher energy intake spread over the rest of the day, which in the long run can result in some extra weight.
Should you start a new diet immediately, or is it better to take it a bit at a time?
- Unfortunately, there is no quick fix. If you change too much at once, it is difficult to keep it up. According to studies, it takes just over two months to create a new habit. In order to lose weight and maintain the weight loss, it is important to find a good balance between food and exercise that can be sustained for the rest of your life. Take a few steps at a time to reach your goal.
Maria Nygårds’ 7 best tips for better eating habits in 2018:
- Plan a weekly menu and shopping list – when you´re not hungry. When we stroll around the grocery store whilst hungry, we tend to make purchases that we didn't plan for.
- Making your purchases online is both easy and it keeps you from the temptation of buying groceries you don’t need.
- Keep in mind that good habits are as habit-forming as bad eating habits, and that food is meant to be pleasurable.
- Clean the pantry from anything that you can be drawn to: cookies, chocolates and other things that make for easy snacks.
- Do not eat too quickly, put the cutlery down when chewing. Your stomach registers feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes.
- Take only one serving and use smaller plates.
- Keep in mind that daily exercise is important – walking to work or choosing the stairs – it’s not only the hours at the gym or the yoga that counts.
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And remember – It's okay to fail, but not to give up.
Maria Nygårds, Specialist Nutrition, Fazer Food Services Sweden