1 Simple Trick to Breaking a Bad Habit for Life

by Suzanne Hiscock

If you have a hard time breaking a bad habit, try this: Find one small habit you can change and make a commitment to yourself to change it for 5 days.

That’s it!  One little habit, for only 5 days.

Tell yourself it’s just an experiment and you can go back to the original habit if it doesn’t work out.  An example might be replacing an unhealthy breakfast with a healthier one, or buying a regular coffee instead of calorie-rich fancy coffee, or choosing stairs instead of elevators/escalators. Chances are after 5 days you’ll break the bad habit and replace it with this new, healthier habit.  If it’s a particularly hard habit to break, you may need a few extra days.

See, the thing is, we fear change.  We like to stay within our comfort zone.  But without change, we’re like a stagnant pool of water.

And when it comes to eating and exercise habits huge changes can be overwhelming.

5 days isn’t a long time.  It’s something you can commit to, right?  What small change can you make in your life for the next 5 days?

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About the Author

Suzanne Hiscock is a PN1 Nutrition Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 16 years, she has been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com. Whether it's with one-on-one nutrition coaching, nutrition programs or courses, and tools or calculators, she can help you to eat better, move more and believe in yourself.