“New Year, New You” is a series of articles that will help you to become successful in your diet and exercise journey in 2019 (and every year thereafter). The articles will include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward…

Start simple, very simple

Starting a diet programme can be overwhelming. Most commercial products want you to change EVERYTHING about your life immediately in order to begin to make progress. You need to change your food choices, food quantity, beverages, sleep patterns, exercise, start using supplements, and all sorts of other things.

Sounds HECTIC, right?

Well, good news:

I’m here to tell you that that approach is not for you (or anyone else, really). We humans struggle to succeed at changing habits, especially when many habits are being changed simultaneously. What we really need is to try to change one thing every two weeks, and make sure each one sticks.

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So with this in mind, what do you think is the one thing you need to change most urgently to get your diet moving?

For most people it’s going to be food quality

Simply cut out the junk foods, and make sure everything you eat is healthy stuff. If you can do that for two weeks, and you feel like you’re winning then you can change the next most important thing – food quantity.

Whatever your first habit change is, you need to change it, succeed at integrating it into your life, and then begin on number two, while maintaining number one.

A suggested order of ‘attack’ in terms of high-priority habits:

Food quality, food quantity, hydration, sleep quantity and quality, exercise 5 times per week. Once you’ve got these going then you can get into the more ‘out there’ things. For now, don’t worry about them.

Start simple, and make it work.

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