Want permanent weight loss? Change your lifestyle

| March 25, 2020 1:00 AM

The key to permanent weight loss is to change your current lifestyle.

Your lifestyle is made up of the habits and routines that you have made a part of your life. You can achieve permanent weight loss by simply acquiring new positive habits that provide weight loss as a benefit and get rid of the habits that will hinder your success.

What is a positive habit?

A positive habit is simply a habit that produces positive benefits, actions and attitudes that you want to acquire and make a part of your lifestyle.

Why are positive habits so powerful?

Because habits by their very nature, whether they are good or bad are automatic. After a period of time they can become permanent. It is really very simple, just make one change at a time and before you know it you will be well on your way towards your goal. Plus, you will have more energy and feel much better.

Keep in mind that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so be patient. Remem-ber that positive habits have positive benefits and you will reap those benefits for as long as you maintain that habit.

So now that we know what positive habits are, and how to acquire them, let’s look at some simple positive habits that will help you achieve permanent weight loss.

When you eat out, make it a habit to request how your food is prepared. You should never feel like you have to accept food items exactly as they are described on the menu.

These days, when your getting your to-go meal, rember that most restaurants will happily prepare your meal in different ways if you just request it. You can ask that they bake or broil items which are usually fried.

And, a refreshing news flash, you don’t have to accept the potato, select a green vegetable instead.

And always remember to ask for salad dressing on the side. Salad dressing can be one of the biggest sources of fat in a person’s diet. Some interesting studies reveal that females get most of their fat from dairy products, margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressing. By making it a habit to order salad dressing on the side, you can control the amount and type of dressing you put on your salads and reduce the amount of fat and calories that you consume.

Remember that sometimes, small changes in your lifestyle can result in big changes to your life. You could easily save 100- 300 calories per meal, just by watching what you eat.

I spent 20 minutes looking through all the different brands and types of salad dressings available at one of our local grocery stores. In the typical serving quantity listed, there is anywhere from 35 calories to 180 calories. How long do you have to walk or run to burn 180 calories? Do you even know? The bigger question I have is; How many of you only use two tablespoons of dressing?

Although good quality nutrition is an extremely important factor in losing weight, it is equally important to move your body every day. An exercise program doesn’t have to be boring, nor does it have to hurt.

Contact a personal trainer that you trust and get started today.

In a nutshell, it’s up to you! If you want a different result, perhaps you should take a different path.

Natalie Dreger is a certified fitness trainer. She can be reached at nataliedreger1@gmail.com.