When the typical person starts thinking about dieting and healthier eating, they tend to focus on things like watching caloric intake. Of course, this can be helpful for some people in some circumstances. However, a number of new research studies have revealed that breaking bad habits associated with eating and establishing new ones actually may prove to be a better strategy to weight loss and getting on the pathway to a healthier lifestyle when it come to diet.
One area in which breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones is in the arena of snacking. These research studies confirmed what many people probably have thought all along: many, many Americans engage in what can only be described as mindless snacking. In other words, these people pay no real attention to what they eat in the way of snacks, how much they eat and when the snack.
By reigning in and gaining a sense of control of snack related habits, many individuals in these research studies ended up not only losing unwanted weight but they also put themselves on the path to an overall healthier lifestyle.
Rather than mindless snacking whenever, some individuals began to develop strategies for between meal nibbling. These positive replacements for mindless snacking included developing a snack schedule as well as planning healthy food items (in moderate servings) that would be consumed at a pre-scheduled snack time.
At the outset, replacing the good with the bad required concentration and diligence on the part of the participants in these studies. However, over time, the positive changes to snack patterns themselves became habit for these people, albeit healthier ones than what existed before the change.