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Your Old, Bad Habits - A Trap You're Stuck In?

Your Old, Bad Habits - A Trap You're Stuck In?

Your Old, Bad Habits - A Trap You're Stuck In?

Your Old, Bad Habits - A Trap You're Stuck In?
 

For Eve, eating the apple wasn't such a bad choice, better certainly than a slice of chocolate cake or an ice cream sundae. We make food selections every day - what to buy or to eat - and many of those choices are made out of habit. Eve's choice to eat the apple was probably not a very conscious one. If she lived in the 21st century Eve certainly would have known about the health benefits of a simple apple, it has anti-oxidants, it makes the bones stronger, it's delicious and low in fat.
We all want a strong, good looking and healthy body, so we try to eat the right food and exercise, but so often we fall back into old habits that sabotage our efforts. To be able to do something about it, we first need to look into this strong power that we know as "our habits".
A habit has its origin in a choice (conscious or unconscious) that we once made. Then we make the same choice over and over again so many times that very quickly we "choose" without thinking about it. What we are doing has become a habit. It may be something as simple as taking the car a short distance to buy our newspaper rather than taking the opportunity to get some exercise.
We can basically put our habits into three categories:
1. Habits we've been taught by our parents. Who doesn't remember mummy asking every morning and night, "Did you brush your teeth?"
2. Habits we pick up or develop because we do what everybody else is doing. We watch the people around us and then we do the same. (Children do what you do, not what you say and so did we when we were young.)
3. Habits we unconsciously pick up. We might eat that cookie they serve every time we go for a coffee and before we know it, coffee without that little cookie doesn't taste the same. We have - without thinking about it - developed a habit of having a cookie (or maybe more) with our coffee.
Many of our habits are actually undermining our health and our figure. Over the past few years, our way of life has changed, we eat more and move less than we used and so gaining weight is inevitable. Time and again we try to remedy the situation by pinning our hopes on some "miracle-diet" or trying to exercise away all the extra weight in one go. Unfortunately, our only result is a seemingly never ending cycle of weight gain and weight loss.
How can we end this vicious circle?
How can we prevent ourselves from becoming disappointed time and again?
We must simply forget the word "diet" and instead change our habits and make them work for us! 
Changing a habit is not that easy, you know that already, but it is definitely not as hard as you might think. The secret for long-lasting weight loss is in the process - taking one step at a time, one habit at a time. The changes you want to make can't happen in one day. What you will want to do is find a new life style. The tricky part is to decide what step you should begin with and what step you take next. When you identify and concentrate on one or a few select changes at a time you will have a greater chance of success. If you try too change to many different things at the same time you run the risk of losing focus.
If you feel you don't want to go through this effort on your own, a good idea is to use the help of a personal weight coach. He or she will make it easier for you to identify the habits that sabotage your weight loss. Once you are aware of where the problems are your coach will also help you replace old habits with new ones. One of the basic principles of coaching is to concentrate on what you can do better in the future instead of going over past mistakes again and again. You will develop habits that can work for you on a day to day basis. Experience shows that when you repeat a certain behaviour for at least 21 times you have yourself a new habit. This time - because you thought it through - it's a habit of your own, conscious choice. The repetition of 21 times may seem a lot when you have to fight against the strength of your old habits. Here, your coach will support you so that you can stay focused and not finding yourself giving up half way through. Too many people give up just because they don't understand how close they are to reaching their goal. You don't have to be one of them. Statistics show a three times greater success rate if you have professional support and encouragement during your weight loss period.
Good luck!
Eva Makris

Your Old, Bad Habits - A Trap You're Stuck In?

For Eve, eating the apple wasn't such a bad choice, better certainly than a slice of chocolate cake or an ice cream sundae. We make food selections every day - what to buy or to eat - and many of those choices are made out of habit. Eve's choice to eat the apple was probably not a very conscious one. If she lived in the 21st century Eve certainly would have known about the health benefits of a simple apple, it has anti-oxidants, it makes the bones stronger, it's delicious and low in fat.
We all want a strong, good looking and healthy body, so we try to eat the right food and exercise, but so often we fall back into old habits that sabotage our efforts. To be able to do something about it, we first need to look into this strong power that we know as "our habits".
A habit has its origin in a choice (conscious or unconscious) that we once made. Then we make the same choice over and over again so many times that very quickly we "choose" without thinking about it. What we are doing has become a habit. It may be something as simple as taking the car a short distance to buy our newspaper rather than taking the opportunity to get some exercise.
We can basically put our habits into three categories:
1. Habits we've been taught by our parents. Who doesn't remember mummy asking every morning and night, "Did you brush your teeth?"
2. Habits we pick up or develop because we do what everybody else is doing. We watch the people around us and then we do the same. (Children do what you do, not what you say and so did we when we were young.)
3. Habits we unconsciously pick up. We might eat that cookie they serve every time we go for a coffee and before we know it, coffee without that little cookie doesn't taste the same. We have - without thinking about it - developed a habit of having a cookie (or maybe more) with our coffee.
Many of our habits are actually undermining our health and our figure. Over the past few years, our way of life has changed, we eat more and move less than we used and so gaining weight is inevitable. Time and again we try to remedy the situation by pinning our hopes on some "miracle-diet" or trying to exercise away all the extra weight in one go. Unfortunately, our only result is a seemingly never ending cycle of weight gain and weight loss.
How can we end this vicious circle?
How can we prevent ourselves from becoming disappointed time and again?
We must simply forget the word "diet" and instead change our habits and make them work for us! 
Changing a habit is not that easy, you know that already, but it is definitely not as hard as you might think. The secret for long-lasting weight loss is in the process - taking one step at a time, one habit at a time. The changes you want to make can't happen in one day. What you will want to do is find a new life style. The tricky part is to decide what step you should begin with and what step you take next. When you identify and concentrate on one or a few select changes at a time you will have a greater chance of success. If you try too change to many different things at the same time you run the risk of losing focus.
If you feel you don't want to go through this effort on your own, a good idea is to use the help of a personal weight coach. He or she will make it easier for you to identify the habits that sabotage your weight loss. Once you are aware of where the problems are your coach will also help you replace old habits with new ones. One of the basic principles of coaching is to concentrate on what you can do better in the future instead of going over past mistakes again and again. You will develop habits that can work for you on a day to day basis. Experience shows that when you repeat a certain behaviour for at least 21 times you have yourself a new habit. This time - because you thought it through - it's a habit of your own, conscious choice. The repetition of 21 times may seem a lot when you have to fight against the strength of your old habits. Here, your coach will support you so that you can stay focused and not finding yourself giving up half way through. Too many people give up just because they don't understand how close they are to reaching their goal. You don't have to be one of them. Statistics show a three times greater success rate if you have professional support and encouragement during your weight loss period.
Good luck!
Eva Makris