A NEW BEGINNING
Our habits shape our life!
If you want to lose weight and get into shape in the new year, you have to develop the habits of a fit and healthy person. Eating the right foods, getting regular exercise and making the right lifestyle choices are the key ingredients for staying lean, fit and at a healthy weight. In addition to lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, keeping your weight in check and nourishing your body can also lower the risk of many different cancers. Studies show it takes about 21 days to change a habit.
The key to successfully changing your habits to healthy ones is to substitute alternative behaviours that also satisfy your needs. Once the new habit is ingrained, the new behaviour pattern becomes easy and automatic.
Be realistic and clear on what those needs are, set your goals and build to achieve them. Take small steps and choose one new habit each week to implement into your daily life. Simple examples include drinking mineral water instead of alcohol when out with your friends, swapping your sugary breakfast cereal for a wholesome porridge or protein rich smoothie, or riding your pushbike to work instead of driving the car.
This is an extract from my new book “101WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT”.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
— Lao Tzu