It’s true we’re creatures of habit.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
We just need to learn to work with our innate ability to create habits that work for us, rather than against us.
Are you ready to break the yo-yo dieting cycle and lose that weight for good? Then it’s time you focused on developing new habits and routines that are related to your health. Instead of focusing on quick-fix solutions, look instead to make lasting, permanent changes about how you think about food and fitness.
These good, wholesome thoughts will soon become habits as they make their way into your subconscious. This is when you’ll experience the results you’re after.
What’s so important about forming habits?
Our minds are designed to follow a routine. The more we do something, the more comfortable it is to keep doing that thing, and the more likely our minds will want to keep doing it. Of course, as we all know, this works perfectly well for negative results as it does for positive ones.
These deeply ingrained habits are why it’s so hard to lose weight. It involves breaking these unhealthy habits in favor of ones that are better for your waistline.
When you focus on changing small but key habits in your life, you can achieve real, lasting success with any weight loss efforts. For example, instead of ditching ALL the carbs and eating an extreme diet for three months–it won’t work of course–you’re more likely to lose weight and keep it off if you focus instead on developing good habits. Things like drinking more water, eating more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every day, and getting eight hours of sleep each night.
Losing weight isn’t just about the food you eat
Many times, the habits that get us into the worst trouble when it comes to our health have less to do with what we eat than other aspects of our lifestyle. For example, keeping a regular meal routine helps you avoid snacking. Making an effort to walk more and sit less also has an enormous impact on your weight.
Developing habits that’ll eventually lead to better health and a lower weight is a stronger strategy than just focusing on weight loss alone.
Other practices that can help you be healthier and, in the long run, lose weight, include packing healthy snacks, so you are prepared during the day, using smaller plates, drinking a glass of water before every meal, drinking only water, slowing down when you eat and reading nutrition labels.
Over time, these habits and routines have a cumulative effect that will equal not only less weight but improved health overall. And, because these are things that you can control, versus your weight or other metrics, which are a result of your actions, it’s something concrete that you can focus on changing in your life.
You really must develop the courage to break old habits & patterns
Changing your health outcomes isn’t just about developing new habits; it’s also about breaking old, unhealthy ones. You can use routines to help you here, too. For example, if you have a habit of snacking when you get home from work or just before bed, you can use routines to change how you spend your time during these critical hours, giving your mind and body something else to do instead of snacking.
Maybe you could take up a new hobby that occupies your hands, or perhaps you start writing a journal to explore your emotions about eating, instead of just eating.
Breaking habits requires creating new neural pathways, so your mind gets comfortable walking these new paths. This turns into optimum habits and patterns for your health and wellbeing.
Anything that you can do to occupy your brain and get your mind off that old habit will help. Finding new and creative ways to challenge your brain while breaking old habits can be fun and exciting.
Remember that setting habits that last a lifetime are your greatest asset in not only losing weight but also keeping it off.
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