Using Habits to Get Healthier

Healthy life choiceWe all know what it takes to eat better and live healthier lives. However, not many of us do it. We know that we should order a salad sans the dressing when we go out to eat instead of a burger and fries or spend 30 minutes doing some form of exercise. If being healthy is so simple to do, then why don’t we do it?

New research shows that to really lose weight, we need to start focusing on our brains. We need to understand the reasons behind our poor eating and exercise habits instead of researching the newest fad diet. The study shows that having willpower to resist foods that are tempting makes our brains work. Making your brain work too much makes it fatigued, which is why all of us cave in to that cookie or Frappuccino after being good all week long.

The fact is that willpower will never help us win the dieting game. Don’t be discouraged though. The study also found that 90 percent of our food choices are made out of habit. This allows our brain to take a little rest from having to make food decisions.

Knowing that a huge part of our diet comes from habits can give us the advantage. We can develop better eating habits slowly to finally get healthier. We just have to train ourselves with one or two small habits at a time. Developing a new habit can take anywhere from two weeks to six months, however, most habits are established within two months. It is best to start small by establishing just a few new habits because trying to incorporate too many new habits will make our brains shut down.

Don’t know where to start on your healthy habits? Here are a few to try:

  • Take a multivitamin before bed
  • Drink two glasses of water upon waking
  • Eat breakfast every morning at a certain time
  • Replace one soda a day with water or sparkling water
  • Replace your late night snacking with carrots and fruit
  • Go for a 20-30 minute walk after dinner

All of those habits are easy for anyone to add to their day. Imagine developing two new, healthy habits ever other month. By the end of the year, you will have developed twelve new habits and be healthier than you are today.


Story Credit, Image Credit: Healthy life choice by Keith Ramsey. Used under Creative Commons license. 

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