One of the biggest challenges in losing weight and keeping it off is creating new habits and changing old habits so that your changes stick after the initial first few weeks. One way to do this is to link or stack a new desired habit next to something that you already do regularly without trying, such as drinking coffee in the morning or commuting to work.
First decide what habit you want to change. It could be eating more fruit and vegetables, drinking more water, working out more often or something else. Next, decide when you want to take that action and think of a habit to attach it to that you already do at that time.
Once you decide what your habit is and what you plan to link it to, write an “if – then” statement:
When that time comes up, you don’t think about it, you just go ahead and do what you had previously decided you would do in that situation.
Set out visual clues to make your habit obvious
Remind yourself of your habit by setting up your environment with visual clues. These clues prompt your subconscious to move towards your goal.
Hide cues that get in the way
Now I challenge you: What habit do you want to change this week? Is there a habit you can link it to? Only take on one new habit at a time – but make it stick. You’ve got this!
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