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Diet Action Steps





Eat in the same place every day (preferably not in front of the TV)

This action step will help you build accountability and awareness into your eating habits. By paying attention to where you’re eating, you will also pay more attention to what and how much you’re eating, and simply the fact that you are eating. So many times, we plop in front of the TV, or on the porch with friends, and pay little attention to food. Before you know it, three plates of food are gone without even noticing. Instead, make a point to eat at the dinner table every day and with few distractions. You can focus on your meal and make conscious decisions about how much to eat and what to eat. This small step will help you take back control of your eating habits.


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Record and track your reason for eating every time you eat

This may be a question that nobody has asked you before: "why are you eating?" Forget what you’re eating for a second and focus on what caused you to make that mac ‘n cheese, head for the drive-thru, or dive headfirst into a bag of chips. Was it hunger? Boredom? To calm your nerves? The answers may surprise you. In a recent poll conducted by SparkPeople, 35% of members said they most often eat when bored, while only 13% eat most often when hungry. It’s clear that more and more people are not only eating the wrong foods, but are also eating for the wrong reasons.

When we eat for reasons other than hunger, we’re more likely to eat unhealthy foods. Do you think people eat more ice cream when hungry, or when they’re upset and seeking comfort? The true purpose of eating is to replenish your body with vitamins, minerals, carbs, calories and more. Hunger is your body’s way of saying "replenish me," which should be the only trigger to start eating. This week, write down your reasons for eating (including hunger), every time you eat. This info will help you spot trouble areas and dangerous times of day in your quest to lose weight.


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Plan your meals for the whole week (or every day) using the meal planner

Many of us find weight loss success when we’re prepared, when we come home from work and the night’s dinner recipe is waiting on the kitchen counter. We get into trouble when we first think about what’s for dinner at 7 p.m., when the children are tired and ideas are scarce. This is exactly what the SparkPeople Meal Planner is designed for. It provides you with a week’s worth of meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack). Don’t like your planned lunch meal for Tuesday? Click on Change Meal, and dozens of new choices pop up. Print out the week’s grocery list, head to the store, and you’ll have everything you need for a week’s worth of healthy food. You’ll have an answer every time the kids ask "what’s for dinner?" and you won’t resort to carry-out for an emergency meal.


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