Our eating and exercise routines largely determine the overall state of our health and figures. But what determines our eating habits? Dr. Howard Rankin, an expert on behavioral changes posits that many individuals think they can control their behavior more effectively than they actually can. However, various mental states such as stress and addiction can limit our conscious control over the choices we make.
So, how can we transform unhealthy habits, improving quality of life while simultaneously shedding weight? Here are some scientifically proven practices to help guide you on your way.
If you have tried various diets over the course of many years, and none have seemed to keep those extra kilos off, you should perhaps consider consulting with a psychologist. They can help you devise better coping strategies and plans in order to reassess and modify your eating habits. Losing weight is more about long-term lifestyle changes, rather than diets, which usually involve a fast track into weight-loss via some sort of caloric intake restriction or nutrient deprivation. The latter usually results in weight gain instead of a loss, in addition to having potential detrimental effects on the body.
So whether you’re considering trying Beyonce’s Master Cleanse (only drinking a concoction of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper) or going to give the Paleo Diet a try (eating only foods that would have been available to our Paleolithic ancestors), first consider giving a visit to the psychologist a try.
If you want to lose weight, it is simply not enough to eat less and exercise more. Research shows that our eating behaviors and habits play a critical role in the process of weight loss.