If you are trying to lose weight, you are most definitely working against some well established habits. What you eat, when you eat, and where you eat are habits that are part of your everyday experience. What gets you to overeat or to eat weight-gaining food is yet another part of your everyday habits.
With great repetition day after day in the same situations, it’s no wonder that habits are so hard to break. But break them you must, and replace them you must, if you want to lose weight.
What is so hard in changing over from weight-gaining eating to weight-losing eating is that habitual behavior is easily elicited by cues in the situations in which it has been repeated, by behaviors that usually precede the habit, and by being liberally reinforced by how well the habit works for you.
With a change in goal there also ought to come changes in habits. Aiming for weight-losing eating is that goal change. But it will be quite some time before the new behavior in support of the new goal will become habitual, which means that the old habits will still be hanging around.
To learn more about building new habits, please go to The Reading Room and the White Paper, both of which are in the left-hand column of this blog at MariasLastDiet.com. Or, if you want to have an actual book or an e-book to read through and refer to, check out the weight loss books for women section on the right-hand side of this blog.
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