There is no time like the present
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of success is in your daily routine. At Educate Weight we believe in small achievable steps. The students and young people participating in our presentations are encouraged to review and record yesterday’s food and exercise habits and devise three short term achievable personal health aims. These can be as simple as drinking more water each day. What we have found, on review, six weeks after our presentation to 10-18 year olds is, eating habits actually changed when they focused on the easiest of their personal aims. As a consequence of the learning, they always record an improvement in their knowledge and understanding about food and therefore feel in better control of their own personal health and wellbeing.
The study of Psychology tells us that the average human brain can cope best with planning up to six weeks in advance. This could be why so many diets fail, as individuals set out paying to join a slimming club and subscribe to a particular diet plan, intending to lose a certain amount of weight over a period of time. For example “I want to have ten pounds off by the summer and it’s only January now!” The weight they feel they need to lose might be so significant that it is unachievable within a six week period and by sticking to such a rigid and structured diet plan, consequently the individual becomes frustrated early on as six months seems so far in the distance. So what are you waiting for? NOW is the time to take ownership and control of your own personal health and wellbeing.
How To Act Now
Rather than attempting to change everything, just focusing on changing one thing at a time, means you have an 85% likelyhood of turning that change into a habit. If you try two things at once the success rate drops further down to about 35%. People are interacting with food many more times a day than they are moving about, so hopefully starting with a small nutritional change first and making that a good habit will eventually snowball into many more good health habits.