In a new study led by Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, it was proven that the best way to make sure you stick to your diet is by changing your environment. I’m not talking about going on a weight loss vacation. You still get to live in your home. So what is the difference?
Every day we get bombarded with lots of weight loss tips. These weight loss tips are usually telling you to change your eating behavior, which is tough, or to change the foods you eat, which is challenging also. Few weight loss tips tell you to do simple environmental changes around you that will help you stick to your diet.
Changing your habits is hard, eating only tasteless food isn’t appealing but eating your meals from a smaller plate is easy to do. And by eating form a smaller plate you are going to eat a whole lot less food. You can also make sure you don’t eat in front of the TV or computer, thus reducing the chance of overeating. You can also rearrange the way food is stashed around the house so you will be more inclined to eat healthier food. These are all environmental changes that will help you lose weight a lot easier.
The study proved that if a person was able to follow a weight loss tip for 20 days a month changes would start to appear. This ties in with the fact that if you want to create a new habit you have to consciously force yourself to do the new behavior for 21 days and you will get a new habit. Since environmental changes are so easy to do, dieters are more likely to stick with them for a longer period of time.
In light of the new study, a smart thing to do would be to start any weight loss plan by implementing all the environmental changes first. This will make it a lot easier for you to do the other changes required for faster weight loss and weight maintenance.