An Easy Way to Figure Out What Changes to Make

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One common complaint that a lot of people have about health and fitness is that they’re confused about what changes to make. There’s so much conflicting advice out there! Remember when eggs were bad for you? Now they’re good for you. All this confusion is enough to stop people from making any changes at all because they just don’t know what to believe anymore. Information overload can paralyze you.

Today, I’m going to share a no-brainer way to get you on your way to forming healthier habits.

Go grab a sheet of paper and a pen and make a list of all of the habits that you KNOW are bad for you — and are keeping you from your health and weight loss goals. Come on, I KNOW you know which ones they are!

Now, there’s a reason why I want you to put pen to paper: studies show that writing things down activates your brain to pay attention to what you’re doing.

Here are some examples to get you started:

- Eating large portions
- Eating too much fried food
- Eating too close to bedtime
- Snacking when I’m not hungry
- Drinking too much soda
- Adding sugar and cream to coffee
- Avoiding exercise

Keep going until you’ve listed every single bad habit you can think of. Now, look over the list. Are you reasonably certain that all of those things are bad for you? Are you pretty sure that they’re contributing to poor health or extra pounds on your body?

See: 3 Bad Habits That Can Lead to Weight Gain

Now grab another sheet of paper and write down the opposite of each item from your list of bad habits.

The opposite of the previous examples would be:

- Eating small portions
- Eating baked, broiled and steamed food
- Stop eating after dinner
- Eating only when I’m hungry
- Cutting back on soda
- Drinking coffee black
- Exercising daily

And there you go! You’ve now got a list of things you can start doing immediately to form better habits, improve your health and lose weight! No, it’s not really scientific, and you may still need to figure out a few specifics, but for the most part you KNOW that these actions will do good things for you, and in most cases, that’s all you need to know.

If you stop procrastinating because losing weight and getting healthy is too confusing and just start taking action on the things you KNOW will help, you’ll create some easy positive changes and inspire yourself to keep going in making even more positive changes.

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