Most people fail at diet and lifestyle resolutions because they associate “a diet” with deprivation and take an all-or-nothing approach. Adopting a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to mean deprivation or struggle — not if you take the right approach.
Accentuate the positive. Give yourself credit for positive health behaviors. Overeating at one meal doesn’t translate into “diet failure.” If you eat three meals every day, that’s 21 meals a week, right? So if you have a dietary “indiscretion” at one or two of those meals, that still translates into 19 or 20 meals that were balanced and healthy. That’s a cause for celebration.
Find joy in movement. The key to fitting in exercise is to make it something enjoyable and fun — something you’re going to look forward to doing. If the idea of going to a sweaty gym leaves you cold, think about what you like to do instead.
Eat what you love. The better you feel about what you’re doing, the more consistent you’ll be. To lose weight you simply need to eat less than you usually do. So if you don’t like celery sticks, skip them. Grab a pint of juicy strawberries instead or savor a bit of antioxident-rich dark chocolate once in a while.
Don’t set yourself up for failure. Start by making small gradual changes in your health habits. If you haven’t walked on the treadmill in months, it’s not reasonable to think that you’ll be able to jog for an hour. Instead, tell yourself you’ll do 10 minutes.
Research tells us that you can get as much benefit from three 10-minute bouts of exercise as you do from one 30-minute workout.
— Courtesy of http:// thegrio.com.