5 Big Reasons Healthy Changes Are Tough

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5 Big Reasons Healthy Changes Are Tough

Ever feel like you want to be healthier, but you can’t seem to stick with it for more than a week? Or maybe you keep getting sidetracked or feel pressured into eating unhealthy foods? Perhaps you’re just too busy to cook healthy meals for yourself? If any of this sounds like you, remember: knowing the “why” always helps with the “how.” Let’s explore why it’s tough to stay on the healthy path.

The brain is designed to control the body

As we learn more about our brains each day, we realize they’re experts at forming habits. Breaking old habits can indeed be challenging, as the saying goes, “old habits die hard.” Yet, that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to change. Adjusting habits towards a healthier lifestyle often requires a shift in mindset. Consider for instance the stories of gastric balloon patients. The changes observed before and after a gastric balloon procedure serve as prime examples of the importance of embracing a new mindset.

Gastric balloon success stories tend to have one thing in common: by embracing a new perspective and lifestyle post-procedure, the patients can maintain their weight loss in time. Conversely, those who fail to adopt this shift in mindset may find themselves reverting to old habits and ultimately regaining the weight lost. Habits can become deeply ingrained, leading us to continue them even when they no longer serve us. But when these habits cease to benefit us or lead to poorer choices, it’s time to take a new approach.

Our friends and family 

Have you ever been out with friends, feeling hungry, and ended up at McDonald’s or KFC just because that’s where everyone else wanted to go? It can feel like you’re pressured to blend in and not stand out. But it’s important to remember that you have a voice and the freedom to make choices that align with your own preferences. People might push you to eat unhealthy foods because they struggle to see you making healthier choices. Recognizing that their reactions stem from jealousy empowers you to resist their influence and remain committed to your goals. Embracing the power of silent progress can help you stay focused, motivated, and confident in your journey towards your goals.

Don’t have time to …

“I have to go to work, pick up the kids from school, I’m exhausted, I just want to relax and watch TV…” Do these sound like familiar reasons why you feel like you don’t have time for yourself? Remember, choosing to maximize your productivity and prioritize time for transforming into healthier habits is ultimately a choice within your control.

You can start improving your health with small changes in your daily routine. For instance, consider walking or biking to work instead of taking the bus or metro. You could also take a few minutes to search for quick and healthy recipes online instead of waiting for food delivery. Instead of playing with Legos, try cooking together with your kids; not only will you enjoy quality time, but you’ll also make a healthy dinner together. As you can see, there are plenty of solutions waiting for you to explore, just need to find the right strategy to maximize your productivity !

Be positive 

Instead of using negativity to motivate yourself, try embracing positivity with a smile! Change your mindset—instead of saying, “Let’s go for a run, I am fat,” say, “Let’s go for a run, some fresh air will be good.” Just as you speak respectfully to others, extend that same kindness to yourself. Engaging in yoga and meditation can help uncover the greatness, goals, and improvements along your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Try a fun exercise with sticky notes where you jot down  the “What,” “Why,” and “How” of your goals. Your  “What” could be eating more vegetables, your “Why” could be boosting your immune system, and your “How” could involve adding a side salad to every meal.

Big changes in a short amount of time 

Ever set impossible goals because of flashy promises like “Get abs in two weeks” on every Pilates video? But really, can a video from two years ago know your weight or name? Nope. It’s a mistake many make, aiming for goals that are too high and impossible in such a short time. Start by setting goals that help you understand your body—how fast it works, what it can handle. Then, gradually adapt and aim for higher goals to keep yourself motivated. When you’re motivating yourself with a fitness buddy, remember not to compare yourself to others. Every body is unique, both on the outside and inside. Your progress will come in its own time.

Healthy changes are hard for a variety of reasons, and these reasons may continue to evolve over time. That’s why it’s important to stay mindful and set aside time to reflect on them. Remember, seeking help from friends or medical experts doesn’t signify failure in making healthy changes on your own. It takes courage to make these choices and acknowledge reality, so embrace your journey without hiding your imperfections ! 





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