I get a lot of questions about how to change habits. “Do I need to do something for at least 21 days? Is it possible? Why is it so hard?” etc.
Part of the problem is that most people try to do too much at once. They overload themselves by cleaning out all “bad” habits and trying to replace them with all new ones.
And you know what? It won’t work. Because we’re not wired that way.
But what if you focused your attention on ONE BIG habit changer? Something sure to deliver results, but that isn’t so impossible that you can’t follow it long-term.
Introducing: A You-Pick Menu for Healthier Habits. It’s kind of like Panera, but calorie free.
The Heavy Habit Hitters:
These are the habits that will make the biggest impact on your weight and body fat. Choose one of these, and complement them with two of the other ones listed below:
- Only watch as many minutes of TV each day as you’ve exercised. If you came to boot camp, you get 60 minutes. No exercise? No TV. This one simple strategy can make a significant difference in your TV. My Grandma used to say, “Your life won’t get better by watching TV.” And she was right.
- Stop eating after dinner (that means nada, zip, zilch, etc). Make this really powerful by eating your dinner at a reasonable hour… (before 7 pm).
- Eliminate all added sugar and artificial sugar from your diet. Make sure sugar (or any of it’s aliases aren’t listed in the first five ingredients of whatever you’re eating. Fruit is the exception to this — but it follows this rule anyway. The only ingredient listed in a piece of fruit, is the fruit itself 🙂
Now, choose 2 of these:
These help support that heavy hitter — and are small manageable steps you can be taking to improve the quality of your diet and health.
- Add one fruit or veggie to every meal and snack. If you’re currently eating a fruit at that meal or snack, add a vegetable.
- Eat 35 grams of fiber every day (work up to this number slowly if you don’t get a lot of fiber in your diet currently)
- Eat something every 2-3 hours.
- Drink at least 8, 8 oz glasses of water every day.
- Sleep 8 hours each night….(I know, we’re laughing over here too).
- Exercise for at least 180 minutes a week (at least 3 days of workouts/boot camp).
So there you have it, 3 straightforward things you can be doing to create healthier habits. Notice I didn’t say, easy — just straightforward.