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How to Change Habits for Good

How to Change Habits for Good
Written by Health Guru

Good health habits and behaviors are the key to a long term healthy weight.

Do you ever feel that bad habits are holding you back from your goal?

It is not too late to change. Practice these few tips and you will be on your way to long term health.

5 Steps to New Habits

  1. Determine what’s holding you back. Are you making excuses? Do you lack planning for your grocery shopping and meals? Make a list of the habits you want to change and the reason why you have been unsuccessful in the past.
  2. Prepare to change. In a journal, write down how you are going to change that habit. Have you been drinking a lot of soda without thinking about it–out of habit? Maybe you have grabbed a snack without even thinking if you are biologically hungry. Prepare to become mindful about your choices.
  3. Set a timeline and begin those new habits! Create a goal with a start date and a realistic deadline.

    Set timers for your eating. Set forks down between bites. Rate your hunger on a scale of one to ten before eating. Find another stress, emotion, or boredom outlet like walking, a craft, or reading a book.

  4. Seek support for your changing habits. Find a friend who is working on similar behaviors, or join a support group (no matter if it is in-person or online). Food logs on phone applications or websites can help you stick with your behavior change.
  5. Journal and re-evaluate your progress. It helps to write down your progress–something that holds you accountable and keeps you mindful. If you have completed you goal, great, but you are not done! It takes continued repetition to create a new habit. Continue to revisit your goals to make sure you are staying on track and that your habit change worked.

Have you tried to change your behaviors? What have you found helpful?