Whatever changes you have decided to make to your eating there is something that can really make a difference to making or breaking that habit.
It’s a commonly known fact that it can take 6-8 weeks to form a new habit, so if you have set yourself a healthy habit to form you need to stick with it.
Whether you are gaining weight because you are underweight, losing weight or maintaining your weight, this applies across the board.
I know because it is something I personally do and it is something that makes a real difference to the clients I work with.
So here it is.
MEAL PLANNING. It isn’t rocket science I know, but it is everyday common sense science.
If you want to make a healthy change to your eating, you need to plan it into your day and week. Just deciding on a change will not make you stick to it. To give yourself the best chance to suceed you need to have the right mindset, the right food in stock, have the right time to prepare it and have the right recipe to hand.
Here is an example. If you need to increase your diet in order to gain weight, you could just say to yourself “I will eat more at each meal”. When it comes to that meal 1. Will you remember? 2. Will you have extra food to hand? 3. Will you panic and decide not to do it? Using a meal plan is a useful tool as it make you plan out exactly how you will meet your goal. So where you will increase your current meal plan and exactly what extra foods you will add in. This means you can now prepare practically by making sure you have the foods available at the right times and prepare mentally so you are focused.
If you make a plan you are more likely to stick to it than if you have no plan.
There are several ways of meal planning. Some people like to use a whiteboard in the kitchen (this is what I do), others like a notebook they carry around with them and others like a printout stuck up in the kitchen. Think about keeping your meal plan visible and available at meal times as a reminder.
Make meal planning a regular part of your week and it will really help you hit your goals.