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Healthy habits for weight loss

Obesity - healthy habits; Obesity - healthy eating

Whether it is healthy or unhealthy, a habit is something you do without having to think about it. People who succeed at weight loss, turn healthy eating into a habit.

These healthy eating habits can help you lose weight and keep it off.


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Set up Your Kitchen

The family kitchen can trigger unhealthy eating habits if your shelves are lined with sugary snacks. Rearrange the kitchen to make diet-boosting foods the most natural choice.

Practice Healthy Eating

Life gets busy and a lot of people end up eating without thinking about the food they're putting in their mouths. The following habits can help you avoid this mindless eating.

Break old Habits

Emotional eating, or eating for comfort rather than nutrition, can make a big difference in what and how much you eat. To improve your relationship with food:

Get Support

Friends and family can help you stay on track and encourage you along the way. Be sure to pick people who understand how important this is and who will support you; not judge you or try to tempt you with old eating habits.


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