When we reach a certain deadline, accomplish an important goal or feel proud of a success, we want to reward ourselves. This is a behavior that stems from positive reinforcement and the praise of others throughout our lives. One of the ways that we celebrate most often is with food.
Food can absolutely be a reward, especially if there is a certain type of food that we only eat for special occasions or at certain times of the year. Examples of a food-based reward might be a birthday cake or treats during the holidays. Having sweets and treats for a special occasion is not a bad thing, but rewarding ourselves with food on a regular basis can become an unhealthy habit leading to a poor relationship with food.
At the Weight Loss and Nutrition Center, we encourage patients to incorporate non-food based rewards into their individual weight loss and weight management process. A non-food based reward can represent a wide variety of things. For some, taking a nice warm bath or shower at the end of an exercise routine can be a non-food based reward.
When making goals for weight loss and healthier living, include non-food based rewards in the plan.
For others, buying a new pair of running shoes after meeting physical activity goals may be a non-food based reward. Non-food based rewards don’t always hold monetary value, but they should be something of value to you.
When making goals for weight loss and healthier living, include non-food based rewards in the plan. Keep yourself on track by incentivizing yourself with rewards that are meaningful to you and help keep you motivated during the journey.