Building Your Healthy Habitat

Do you live in a safe environment? I’m not talking about the crime rate in your neighborhood, the amount of pollution in the air or even the number of sharp objects you keep around your house—as someone pursuing the life-changing possibilities of medical weight loss, is your kitchen somewhere you can spend time safely?

To succeed with your weight loss program, you’ll need to make many changes that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but constructing a careful environment is one of the best ways to avoid temptation. Unlike the great outdoors, your home is one environment you have almost complete control over. Organizing it in a way conducive to your healthy pursuits can be a big help in keeping up your weight loss progress.

To make your home as perfect as possible for medical weight loss, you’ll need to do your best to limit access to unhealthy options while making good choices the most convenient. Accomplishing this will take some time and practice, but you can easily get started by trying these three strategies:


Put up walls.

One of your main goals will be to keep the good stuff in while blocking out the bad. Conduct an in-depth audit of your pantry, fridge and cabinets, removing junk food like ice cream, candies, chips, cookies, cakes and all the other unhealthy treats that beckon to you when you know you should stick to your diet. If you typically buy groceries for your household, it should be easy to serve as a “nutritional gatekeeper,” making sure to stock healthy options while ensuring that problem foods never make it in your door. You can also put up walls while perusing the grocery store—stick only to the outside perimeter for the freshest food and none of the processed stuff of the middle aisles—or restaurant menus, where you may have to bar yourself from ordering fatty appetizers or calorie-filled drinks.


Stay close to good health.

A 15-minute drive to the gym may not seem too discouraging, but those 15 minutes may be what prevents you from getting a good workout in if you’re feeling less than motivated. Making exercise close and convenient will make it easier to follow through on your scheduled workouts. Try finding a gym on the ride home from work and bringing a change of clothes to the office so you can squeeze in some exercise right after work. At home, you can even set up a workout station near the TV so that you can easily burn some calories while watching your favorite show. Little changes like these can turn into big changes in the amount of time you spend getting active every day.


Get a cue.

Many of us spend our lives not noticing how much or what we’re eating, but well-crafted cues can be a great reminder of the options we have. These should not only remind you to eat right or get your daily exercise in—they should also bolster your motivation to stick with the healthy choice. Find something that inspires you to be healthy, like a photo of yourself doing an activity you love or a picture of a friend or relative who has always encouraged you. Anything that inspires you will do, but make sure it’s something that will grab your attention without embarrassing you if someone else sees it. You’ll need to place your cues in areas where they’ll be able to remind you of your resolve during crucial moments: refrigerator and cupboard doors, on the remote, next to the couch, etc.

If you start implementing these strategies and stick to the requirements of your medical weight loss plan, you’ll find yourself living in the habitat you need to thrive in no time.


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