As the seasons change, there’s no better time to change your habits, and if you’re looking to shed some pounds, then more specifically, your eating habits. After all, studies have shown that your diet is a crucial component of weight loss, and it’s extremely difficult to reach your goals with just exercise alone.
The good news is that changing your eating habits doesn’t have to mean missing out on the foods you love. Rather, the idea is to focus on the healthiest choices as often as possible, to the point where reaching for a piece of fruit rather than a pastry feels second nature.
“Research shows that around 40% of our behaviors are habit-driven, not decision-driven,” says Kitty Broihier, RD, registered dietitian, creator of the Eating Habits Lab, and owner of NutriComm Consulting. “When it comes to weight loss, it’s the repeated actions we make daily that can make or break our success. Will power only gets you a little way toward your goal before it wears out. Your healthy eating habits are what will carry you to the weight loss finish line—and you won’t even have to spend precious brainpower thinking about them.”
With that in mind, adopt these dietitian-approved eating habits for faster weight loss this fall. Then for more healthy eating tips check out 15 Healthiest Chili Recipes for Weight Loss.
Stick to a Schedule
“When you don’t have an eating schedule, you’re more likely to skip meals, overeat at other meals, snack mindlessly, and get into other habits that can compromise your weight loss efforts,” says Blanca Garcia, RDN, a nutrition specialist at Health Canal.
That’s why she advises choosing specific times to eat your meals. For example, you might decide to eat breakfast every day at 8 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m., a snack at 3 p.m, dinner at 6 p.m, and a snack at 8:30 p.m. The idea is to create a pattern that works for your lifestyle.
Depending on your needs, that may mean smaller, more frequent meals, or you may prefer larger and less frequent ones with small fasts in between dinner and breakfast the next day. The point is to create some structure so your body knows when to expect sustenance.
“This benefits your weight loss journey in two ways,” says Garcia. “First, if you know when you will eat you can plan accordingly by prepping meals ahead …….