Finding the perfect diet and exercise regime that you can stick to is often difficult. If you try drastic weight-loss diet plans, chances are you won't last for the long run. And the same with your exercise routine – going too big or too fast will tire you out and likely lead to you quitting all together. Finding that right balance isn't easy but there are several minor changes you can incorporate into your daily life that will help you control your weight forever. Consider these Top 10 habits that will change your life – and your waistline.

Habits that help you lose weight

 

Eating Habits

If you take time to look at your eating habits you may find that they are putting weight on instead of taking it off. Are you eating late at night or snacking on a bag of chips while cooking dinner? If you find that you are, consider changing these habits. Once you do, you'll realize that they are simple ways to cut calories quickly.

Eating Habits

 

Plan

Make yourself an eating plan. You know your body and you know when it is likely to feel hungry. So pack yourself healthy snacks for these times of the day so you won't be tempted to head for the vending machine.

Plan

 

Shopping

Never, EVER shop when you are hungry. You will be more likely to buy unhealthy snacks like chips or ice cream because you're body will be craving snacks. Instead, go shopping with a prepared list to ensure your pantry is stocked with healthy foods. This will help you avoid impulse purchases.

Shopping

 

Regular Meals

When you eat regular meals at regular times you will avoid bingeing. So make a prepared meal schedule for you and your family and try to stick to it. If you eat too early one night you could be tempted to snack later in the evening, adding unnecessary calories to your diet.

Regular Meals

 

Sit Down

If you sit down to eat you will be more conscious of what you are eating and how much. If you eat standing up while talking or watching television you will forget how much you are digesting.

Sit Down

 

Serve Food From Kitchen

If you put bowls of food on the table they will be begging to be eaten. You will need lots of will power to not pick at them even when you are full. It takes about 20 minutes for your mind to get the message from your stomach that you are full so try not to go for seconds right away.

Serve Food From Kitchen

 

Slow Down

If you eat fast you will eat more. So slow down. Chew every bite and savour the taste. You can even try resting your fork between bites and drinking lots of water with your meals to help you slow down and feel full faster.

Slow Down

 

Eating After Dinner

This is a big no no because this is where people pack on the extra pounds. If you are hungry after your meal, try drinking a non-caloric beverage or a piece of hard candy. Brushing your teeth after dinner will also help reduce the temptation to eat again.

Eating After Dinner

 

Snacking

If you snack during the day, try treating that snack as a mini-meal. This will help you choose more healthy snacks and leave you feeling fuller. For nutritious snacks, choose ones that contain complex carbohydrates and a small amount of protein and fat.

Snacking

 

Breakfast

This meal truly is the most important one of the day. After a good night's sleep, your body will need fuel to get your metabolism going and give you energy to get through the day.

Breakfast

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