Diets Don’t Work (Habit Change DOES)
When it comes to losing weight and eating healthier, we’ve all been there: we try the latest fad diet, cut out entire food groups, and promise ourselves that this time, we’ll stick to it. But before we know it, we’re back to our old habits, and the weight creeps back on. So why do we continue to put ourselves through this cycle?
The answer is simple: diets don’t work. They’re not sustainable in the long term and often lead to a feeling of deprivation, which can lead to overeating and binges. Instead of focusing on restrictive diets, we should focus on changing our behaviour.
But how do we change our behaviour? The key is to start small and make one change at a time. Trying to overhaul your entire diet and exercise routine at once can be overwhelming and lead to burnout. Instead, focus on one thing you can change each week, such as swapping out sugary drinks for water or taking a daily walk. As you start to see progress and feel better, you’ll be more motivated to make additional changes. That’s how motivation works; you can only build it by taking action. You can’t sit around and wait for it to show up.
Another important aspect of behaviour change is to make it convenient and attainable. If you’re not used to cooking at home, start by making one meal a week from scratch. As you get more comfortable in the kitchen, you can gradually increase the number of home-cooked meals. Build confidence in the kitchen over time rather than trying to overhaul your life in one week.
Ditch the diets and focus on changing your behaviour for good. And remember, progress is progress, no matter how small. So keep moving forward, and you’ll be surprised at how far you can go. And if you need some extra help along the way, shoot us a message, and we’d be happy to lend a hand.