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How to form long-lasting habits

“I’ve tried to form new habits so many times, but they always tend to fall away. What’s the secret?”  

One of the reasons so many people fail on their diets is because they are unable to form new habits that stand the test of time. They try to change many things to create a healthier lifestyle, but they don’t actually change anything for very long, leading to frustration, and ultimately a sense of failure.

Don’t be that person

If you want to form new habits, there are a few secrets that will make a big impact on their effectiveness.

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  • The first is to tell someone you trust what you want to achieve, and how you’re going to do it. Ask them to encourage you through the process.
  • Then you need to start by changing one thing at a time – too many changes leads to no real changes.

Start with the biggest change first, and work a new one in every two weeks. So for example, if you want to cut down on carbs in your diet, cut out bread immediately, and swap it out for healthier options like wraps or rice cakes.

Once you’re used to the first ‘change’, then add a new lifestyle habit to your daily routine.

This has the added effect of making the diet progressive, so you continue to lose weight just by adding a new habit. Plus, every time you add a new habit, your confidence has grown because of the success of the previous one.

The last thing to note is that you need to give yourself time to succeed

Giving yourself two weeks to lose fifty kilogrammes is unrealistic, and can only end in misery. Give yourself a real chance by allowing a realistic timeline for your process to work. You’ll end up smiling.

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