The Weight-Loss Process—Breaking Bad Habits and Replacing Them with Better Habits
Posted Aug 24 2012 1:28pm
What you do so automatically that you call it habit is what is
probably keeping your weight
problem in place. Practice strengthens a habit while it weakens the
possibility of taking alternative actions. If you are overweight, it’s for sure
you’ve practiced and practiced weight-maintaining habits. Since you’ve
practiced these habits well, you’ve weakened the possibility of using your
preferences and intentions to do differently.
Think what this means if you a trying to lose some weight. Your old ways will be
hard to dislodge. Your new ways will be hard to come by.
You will be pleased to hear, though, that once you make some
changes to your old habits that are maintaining your weight, your new habits will be working to keep
weight off. Practice will have strengthened the new habits, and it will have
weakened the possibility of going
back to old ways.
The work, as you’d expect, is in the changeover from old to
new. Once the new habits are in place the single best predictor that they will
stay in place is the amount of time they continue to be in place . In other
words, if you keep practicing them, they will stay with you.