Obesity in the United States is said to have reached epidemic levels by doctors, nutritionists and other experts. Obesity rates in the US have been steadily rising over the last 20 years, and it is estimated that over one-third of Americans are considered to be obese. There are numerous factors that can contribute to obesity, such as genetics and a sedentary lifestyle, but many reasons why so many people are overweight or obese can also be tied to poor eating habits.
Poor habits perpetuate themselves in a loop. A trigger initiates a reaction that causes you to engage in a certain behavior—often without your conscious approval. Your body feels satisfied that you engaged in the behavior that it was triggered to do, and you will feel rewarded, thereby setting yourself up to engage in the behavior again as you work towards receiving the reward. The brain will seek out this reward in the future even if the person is dimly aware of it, which is why habits can be so difficult to break. A program for weight management in Grove City can help you develop the tools necessary to overcome your poor eating habits with motivation and support.
Poor eating habits can come in several forms, such as eating too much food or eating unhealthy snack foods, but the reason why they exist is for one major reason: it feels good to indulge in them. That good feeling is the reward, whether that feeling is one of pleasant fullness or a good taste in one’s mouth. If we go by the “habit loop” model, the key to overcoming a poor eating habit is to remove the trigger that sets the behavior in motion. A person who snacks mindlessly while watching television should keep food away from the TV. People who eat too much during a meal should eat smaller portions and go on to do something else to keep their mind off the extra food they normally eat. A person who eats too much junk food should try buying healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables to eat as snacks. This is all easier said than done, and many find that they need help to get started, but it can be a great way to break even the strongest and oldest of habits.