Why do we fail with our weight loss plans? Did you know there are scientific reasons why we fail?
But there’s hope and scientific strategies for success!
James Clear is a writer, teacher and keynote speaker.
His focus is behavioral psychology, habit formation and performance improvement.
Wow, that’s someone that knows the science behind our troubles. I’ve visited his site James Clear and give him the credit for the first three points.
WHY DO WE FAIL?
We fail because we set unrealistic goals. We try to change too many things.
We give up all junk food; eat only fresh fruit and vegetables and chicken and fish.
Then one day there is fresh pizza at the office meeting and the temptation is too strong. We give in and eat a piece and then have a few more. We feel like a failure because we ate pizza, which is not the truth!
The new eating plan is thrown away with the empty pizza box.
Behavioural scientists suggest we change only 3 habits at a time. Three small changes that are easy to do and that we can stick with.
Here at little steps to health we make small changes. We change just a few habits. We downsize the plate we use at each meal or snack. We exercise for 10 minutes. We say a healthy self-talk statement with prayer.
WHY DO WE FAIL?
We fail because we are seeking a result, not a lifestyle.
My co-worker wanted to lose 30 pounds before her daughter’s wedding. She dieted and exercised for months.
She looked great that warm June day. She reached her goal!
Once she reached her goal and the wedding was over, she slowly went back to her old habits and behaviors.
When I saw her at the Christmas party I noticed she had gained back most of the weight. It wasn’t a lifestyle change.
Lifestyle changes are changes that result in better health! Some of the side effects are weight loss, increased stamina, vitality and self confidence.
The changes we make need to be easy to do and things we can continue doing.
Lifestyle changes continue because being healthy for life is the goal!
WHY DO WE FAIL?
We fail because we assume small changes don’t add up. The assumption is that your goal has to be big to make a difference.
Every January we make a plan to go to the gym or start jogging everyday. That seems like the best way to burn calories and get in shape.
We think that if we’re not sweating and out of breath it’s not making a difference.
Believe that small changes make a difference! It may seem silly to make a goal to exercise for 10 minutes every day.
However, we know 10 minutes does make a difference to our health.
Further, the 10 minutes of exercise is something we can stick with even on a super busy day.
When 10 minutes everyday becomes a habit, and part of our lifestyle we can gradually add a few more minutes.
Find an activity that’s fun and get moving!
WHY WE FAIL?
We fail because as followers of Jesus we don’t access His power.
We need to call out to Jesus in prayer. Remember we are His beloved daughters and He loves to hear from us. We can tell Him the depth of our struggles.
We need to use the power of scripture to help us in our daily battles with food.
TODAY’S little STEP: Believe little changes make a difference! Lifestyle changes bring health for life!
Remember every mountain is climbed one step at a time!
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