Changing habits

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One reason for seeking help to lose weight is because you have fallen into a rut of endless unhealthy habits such as midday snacking on biscuits and crisps, or ordering a takeaway every Friday night.Try our top 5 tips to change your habits and you'll see that it is possible to make long-term healthy changes that will result in a healthier, happier you.Tip 1:Make gradual dietary changes:Instead of trying to change your entire diet in one go, try swapping one meal or snack per week for a healthy alternative. Such as swapping a tea biscuit for a piece of fruit or ice cream for yoghurt at dessert time. Tip 2:Everything in moderation:Once you restrict yourself of one food, you will want it more. If your favourite food is chocolate, try eating dark chocolate. The stronger and more bitter taste will result in your eating less but still getting your sugar fix. Tip 3:Prepare meals:Having healthy meals ready in the fridge decreases the chance of grabbing unhealthy snacks where you are hungry and on the go. Tip 4:Vegetables:Add an extra serving of vegetables to each meal. This will increase your micronutrient intake without even noticing.Try adding carrots, onions and mushrooms to spaghetti Bolognese or better, peel courgettes through spaghetti to add in some greens. Tip 5:Incorporate exercise slowly:Exercising 5 times a week at the start of your journey is unlikely to be maintainable. It is best to slowly increase your activity each week. For example, run for 1 minute, walk for 1 minute and repeat for 15-20 minutes.Each week run a little longer, walk a little less. In a few months you will be able to run continuously. Making these small changes everyday will result in long term, maintainable habits that will not only cause you to lose weight, but also become a healthier, happier you.