How To Get Slim With Healthy Eating Habits

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by Ruth Hinson

Many women want to be slim. Maybe you're one of them.
Perhaps you're getting married soon and you want to fit into
your wedding gown comfortably. Or perhaps you simply want to
look (and feel) great in a swimsuit or bikini. Maybe you've
just had a baby and want to get your pre-pregnancy figure

Whatever your reason for wanting to be slim, there are some
things you can do to become slim while staying healthy. If
you are reading this article, chances are you want to know
what those things are. Read on then, to find out.

First thing is to assess your current eating habits. This is
important because you need to know what's not working.
If your current eating habits are keeping you overweight,
and you want to be slim, it figures that you need to change
those eating habits. If something is not working, change it.

Assessing your current eating habits.

Keep a record of your eating habits for a week.
The record should contain the following information:

What you are eating

How much you're eating

When you eat (note the times) ~ you want to know
how far apart your meals and snacks are.

Why you're eating at those times ~ is it because
you're hungry, or are you 'comfort eating'?

How you feel after eating ~ pleasantly satisfied
or bloated and stuffed.

How many glasses of water you drink each day

When you find out your current eating habits, you'll need
to determine which habits are sabotaging your efforts to
lose weight. Those are the ones you want to change.
More on that later.

Goal Setting

Determine what your weight goal is. Or you may prefer to
monitor your progress in terms of your waistline or hip
measurements. Whichever one suits you is best.

Form a mental picture of yourself looking the way you want
to look. Goals are more powerful and empowering when we
visualize them. Hold that mental picture in your mind at
all times.

NOTE: Eating healthily is not all there is to getting slim.
You must become more physically active (read 'exercise') in
addition to eating properly if you're to lose weight
permanently. This article deals with the healthy eating
part of that equation.

Action Plan

Now that you know what your ideal size is, you have a goal
that you're working towards. You need to then determine a
plan of action to help you achieve that goal.

To help you decide on the right plan, bear in mind that
eating should be a pleasure. Ask yourself the following

Which nutritious foods do I enjoy eating ?

How soon after eating do I get hungry again? Most
adults get hungry about 3 to 4 hours after eating a

Do I eat only when I'm hungry? Hint: You should.

How can I stay full? Drink lots of water.

Scientists recommend between 6 and 8 glasses of water
daily. Your body needs it, and it helps you stay full.

With the answers to those questions in mind, form an
action plan, and start a new daily record to help you keep
track of your progress. This new record should contain the
same columns as your initial current habits record. This
way you can monitor each improvement and celebrate

When deciding on which actions to take, you need to refer
back to your initial assessment of your current eating
habits. Decide which habits are preventing you from losing
weight. Write down alternative habits that you want to
cultivate, which will help you get slim.

These new habits you want to form are now your 'targets'
- milestones on your way to your ideal body shape and size.

Taking Action

To form healthy eating habits, start with small changes.

Don't make too many changes at once. Set yourself main
targets, such as 'I will drink 8 glasses of water each day',
then set smaller targets to help you reach each main target.

Using the example above, a small target could be 'I will
drink an extra glass of water after each meal'. When you
break down your targets, they don't seem so daunting. They
seem easily achievable, so you feel encouraged to stick to

Decide on the foods you will be eating regularly. Make sure
they're foods you enjoy.

Eat small portions, about 5 or 6 times each day, instead
of three large meals. This helps keep your metabolic rate
high, and helps you lose weight naturally.

How to stay motivated to continue eating healthily

1. Believe that you can do it, and accept
responsibility for your health and for the way your body

2. Reward yourself each time you successfully complete
a small target. Celebrate each small success - don't
wait until you've lost tons of weight before you reward
yourself. Make the journey enjoyable by treating
yourself each time you make progress.

3. Keep in mind what you hope to achieve - remind
yourself of how lovely and healthy your body is
becoming each day as a result of your new eating habits.
Remember, each small step in the right direction is
bringing you closer to your main target.

With a clear goal in mind, a feasible action plan and tips
to help you stay motivated, you should find it easy to
form habits that keep you slim and healthy at the same

Here's to your new healthy eating habits!


Ruth Hinson is a successful slimming consultant.
She helps women lose weight safely and healthily using the
SlymRyte Healthy Eating Plan ~. Visit
for more information.

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