Many people have bad eating habits, and it can be a struggle to break those habits. The best way to stop a bad habit is to reverse the desire for that specific thing so you don’t even want or need to participate in that behavior anymore. By doing this, it will slowly start to become natural and you won’t even want the thing you are giving up.
1-Eliminate certain foods from your home to avoid temptation. For example, don’t keep ice cream in the freezer if you want to lose weight. If there is no ice cream in the freezer, then you won’t eat it and be tempted by it when you’re hungry because it’s not readily available.
2- Make a list of all the reasons you want to break the habit and put it somewhere where you will see it often, such as your fridge or bathroom mirror. This will remind you why breaking this habit is important every time you read it.
3-Buy a cool new cookbook with recipes that are healthy and will help you lose weight. That way, when you go to the grocery store, you will pick out healthy foods rather than junk food.
4-If possible, join a group of people that is working toward the same goal as you and has similar interests. You can support each other and encourage one another in this process
5-Make a list of all the reasons you DON’T want to break the habit, and put it somewhere where you will see it often. This way, you can remember what could happen if you don’t change your habits so these consequences keep yourself in line.
6-Allow yourself one small cheat day per week or month. Set this day ahead of time and let yourself enjoy that one thing you’ve been craving. This way, you can give yourself something to look forward to and it stops you from feeling deprived throughout the week.
7-Reward yourself for your hard work. For example, if you do really well with no bad habits during the week, reward yourself by going out to eat or getting a manicure. This lets you be rewarded for your hard work and keeps you motivated to stay on track.
8-Do not try to change too many things at one time. If you are trying to quit smoking, drinking soda, eating junk food, and snacking in front of the TV all at once, you will become overwhelmed and stressed out. Instead, break it down into smaller steps and try to achieve one goal before moving on to the next.
9-If you find yourself thinking about a certain food too often or wanting to binge on junk food, try going for a walk. Exercise is a great way to redirect your attention onto something else so you don’t give in to your cravings.
10-Give yourself a checklist of what you want to accomplish each day so you have something to work toward. This will keep you motivated by knowing that every day, you are getting closer and closer to your goals.
11-Think about all the reasons why you should break the habit and write them down. Every morning, read your list and remind yourself why you don’t want to give in to those cravings anymore. By doing this every day, it will slowly help stop those urges.