How to Change Your Environment for Weight Loss Success

Easy changes made to your home or workspace can make dieting easier. The key is to surround yourself with nutritious foods and supportive messages while reducing the number of influences that will challenge your commitment to better health. Make these simple adjustments to boost your chances of weight loss success.

  • Limit the Presence of High Calorie/High Fat Foods. Trying to avoid unhealthy food choices is easier to do when those food items are not nearby. Instead, fill your kitchen or workplace with foods that support good health.
  • Hide Unhealthy Food Choices. If you do bring unhealthy foods into your home, put them away in a cabinet or on a high shelf rather than on a counter or on a table where you will see them on a regular basis.
  • Limit When and Where You Eat. Make mealtime a special time. Celebrate your healthy meal by sitting down, relaxing alone or with family, and taking the time to slowly enjoy your food. Creating a special mealtime ritual will help you to feel satisfied with the experience of eating.
  • Avoid the TV and Computer When Eating. It's easy to lose track of what you've eaten when you are not paying attention. Mindless eating can lead to overeating and can add significant calories to your total daily calorie intake. Try to remove items that will take your focus off of eating, such as the computer or a television.

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