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Health Tip: Take Stock of Your Eating Habits

Turn bad habits into good ones

(HealthDay News) -- If you're trying to lose weight, taking a look at your eating habits is a good place to start.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises:

  • Keep a food diary, and be aware of habits that lead to overeating, such as eating too quickly or out of boredom.
  • Think of ways to change these habits, and avoid the signals that may trigger them. Replace unhealthy habits with healthier ones.
  • Make habits that you can't avoid healthier, such as by bringing a healthy snack to a meeting.
  • When you catch yourself doing something unhealthy, stop and think about why you're doing it.
  • Praise yourself for good choices.

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