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How to Lose Weight with Behavior Modification

Learn how to lose weight with behavior modification in this Howcast video about overcoming obesity.

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When you're trying to lose weight it's important to take a look at your lifestyle and see what behaviors you can actually modify to help you lose weight. The first thing is to make sure you're eating three meals a day. Skipping meals can actually cause you to gain weight, because your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism actually slows down, so make sure you eat three meals a day, especially breakfast.

Secondly, an important thing to take note of is how fast you're eating. You actually will eat more the faster you eat, because your brain doesn't have time to catch up with your stomach to know that it's full, so pause in between bites, put your fork down. Take time to enjoy your food. Try to take 30 minutes per meal and that should help with weight control.

Another thing to look at when you're trying to lose weight are liquid calories. Make sure that you're not drinking a lot of high sugar juices, sodas, or even alcohol. Those are the diet components. Other behaviors to help with losing weight have to do with increasing your exercise. Really ideally, working out or getting your heart rate up for 30 minutes four to five times per week is ideal.

But other things you can do just throughout your day would be things like taking the stairs, park further away from your destination, get up from your desk, go for a walk, and maybe even purchase a pedometer. Because we know that people that wear pedometers actually walk about 2,000 steps more per day and that equals 150 calories. These are just some tips on how you can modify your behavior to help you to lose weight.

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