When someone chooses to lose weight the first thing they may identify is a habit of snacking.

However before we simply trim back on these calories, we need to ask what purpose do the snacks serve?

If we can work out what drives that habit and address it properly, we can create lasting change.

For example, someone constantly picks at snacks at work because they are not fulfilled by their job. The snacks have become a pick-me-up behaviour that has been going on for so long it is now embedded into their way of life.

Now they have decided to lose some weight they pick the snacks as the thing to target. They feel emboldened in their new way of life and determined to succeed.

But, now they start to feel more frustrated at work. They’re not quite enjoying it like they used to.

What they have actually done is remove their coping mechanism.

This is not necessarily a bad thing but it needs to be understood. Snacking can be replaced with a more positive coping strategy or it might shine a light on the need to change their thought processes at work.

But what we need to make sure is that either the snacking is not replaced with another negative health behaviour or that we don’t slip straight back into that habit. If we do slip back, often we can slip harder than we did before as our system recalibrates.

Consuming sweet foods and treats as part of a balanced diet is not a bad thing, when done in moderation.

Losing weight is hard. It is a challenge to our body’s sense of balance.

When making changes we want to make sure that we can give ourselves the best possible chance of being successful.

If we can identify the real problem that underpins our situation, then we can create lasting behaviour change in a way that is kind to ourselves.

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