How to break bad habits

break bad habits

Are bad habits holding you back?

The problem with breaking bad habits is that often the bad habit we give up is quickly replaced by another bad habit. How many times have you heard of a smoker who gave up smoking only to take up eating lollies or chocolate and then gained a heap of weight!

Let’s take a look at your habits and see if they’re hampering your weight loss efforts. What do you need to change to be able to move to a healthy lifestyle? As the saying goes – If you change nothing, nothing will change.

It’s time to take your life into your own hands and be responsible for your actions. Take a fresh new look at how you live your life. What areas do you think need improving?

If you want to make changes to your health then you must change some of the habits that have caused you to be unhealthy in the first place. Be honest with yourself and be willing to let go of whatever is holding you back.

Let’s take a look at your habits

Do you:

  • Regularly eat your 5 serves of veg and 2-3 serves of fruit each day?
  • Drink 8 glasses of water each day?
  • Exercise at least 4 times a week?
  • Have breakfast every day?
  • Eat too many ‘treat’ foods?

So I’m guessing by now you’ve identified some habits that need to change. Now I want you to pick JUST ONE of these habits to work on this week.

Let’s use ‘having breakfast’ as an example:

I’m sure you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why don’t you have breakfast? Take a sheet of paper and rule a line down the middle.

  • On the left side – write down all the reasons (they’re actually excuses) for not having breakfast.
  • On the right side – beside each ‘reason’ write a way to combat it. For example, if you wrote “I don’t have time” perhaps in the right column you could write something like “I will take a piece of fruit to eat on the run”

Now ask yourself a few more questions. Questions that start with where, what, which, when, how will help. For example:

  • WHEN do I struggle most with this habit?
  • WHAT do I need to do to change this habit?
  • HOW will I make sure I have breakfast everyday?

Make a plan.

Now it’s time to make a plan.   Then make yourself accountable for the plan – write it on the fridge or bathroom mirror, set your alarm five minutes earlier or take one of my Breakfast Shakes with you. Do whatever it takes to make this new habit stick.

Quitting bad habits

If you’re trying to ‘quit’ a bad habit make sure you replace it with a good habit. Often these types of habits are fuelled by boredom or stress.  Make a plan of what you will do instead – phone a friend, start a hobby or take a walk. If it’s food related, my personal favourite is to brush my teeth! Let’s face it, nothing tastes good after you brush your teeth.

How long does it take to break bad habits?

Be patient with the process, it gets easier with time – they say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. The bad habits didn’t form overnight and they will take time to change.

After a few weeks, take a look at your list then start changing another of your bad habits; before you know it you will be on track to a healthy new you. Will you slip up? More than likely – but don’t stay there, get back on track as soon as possible.

There’s another saying I like – Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keep you going. What habits will keep you on track with your health goals?


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