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Medical Weight Loss Program - Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification:

  • Think about why you’re eating – are you truly hungry, or is it a habit? This is called mindful eating.
  • Be in tune with yourself. Think about what you need physically, spiritually, and emotionally, and strive to attain those things. When those things are in balance, behavior modification isn’t as difficult.
  • Control your environment. If certain foods are too tempting, do not keep them in the house. Do not eat in front of the TV – instead, sit down at the kitchen table or dining room table, and take your time with your meal. Also, do not do work during your meal.
  • Before giving into a craving or a tempting food that’s in front of you, ask yourself what the food will do for you this time that it hasn’t done for you before. Chances are you won’t gain anything from eating it. In these situations, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes before eating the food. Reassess if you really want it – if you do, enjoy a few bites of the treat without feeling guilty.
  • Focus on lifestyle changes, not “dieting”. “Dieting” is associated with deprivation and restriction. Making a lifestyle change gears your thinking towards a more positive outlook. Feel good knowing that you’re making positive behavior changes that will lead to a healthier you.
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