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How to Stop Dieting AND Not Gain Weight

Fad diets don't actually help they hurt long-term weight loss, because they over evaluate with weight loss at the cost of learning long-term balanced eating habits. Healthy weight management can be achieved, but this requires one essential first step: Take an inventory of your personal relationship with food. This personal reflection includes discovering the emotionally tied connection to weight gain.

The second step is finding the tools to successfully modify your eating behaviors by using balanced nutrition principles. Begin with committing yourself to learning to understand your eating patterns, food preferences and follow the seven keys to never needing to diet again:

  1. Avoid using food to comfort you when you feel bored, anxious or another negative emotion.

  2. Stop looking for a diet to help you lose weight as it will only lead to more weight gain later.

  3. Don't eat a meal that is too heavy on carbs.

  4. Focus on getting whole foods (i.e. fruits or vegetables) to take up half of your meal.

  5. Don't eat alone. Food and mealtime should be a socially nourishing experience. If you can't eat together in person eat via a virtual meal gathering.

  6. Notice if after a meal you feel tried or energized and modify your meal proportion until most meals help you feel more energy and not less. For example many people who eat a high carbohydrate diet find that they need a nap soon after, so focus on incorporating more whole foods to balance the meal and keep your energy high.

  7. The goal should never be to feel stuffed. Learning to slow down your pace of eating is essential to finding out when you feel content, but not overly full.

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