Weight loss is never easy. Millions of people struggle with losing weight or maintaining weight. The basics of weight loss are not too difficult to understand, but people struggle because implementing it into daily life is not simple.
Trying to change your bad habits is not easy because of a variety of factors. You struggle because of mental and emotional hang ups and due to physical factors. You have to learn to overcome all of these roadblocks. One of the best ways to do this is to go slowly. Make changes in diet habits slowly for the best results.
Benefit to You
The main benefit form taking things slowly is that you will be able to better control your emotional and mental issues. Every habit that you have is tied to something in your mind. There is a reason why you want that candy bar or why you eat two servings of dessert when you should only have one.
You have to be able to overcome these mental roadblocks and that is easier to do when you are going slowly. Give yourself time. Every day you will have to struggle with your mind. You will have to tell yourself and make yourself believe that you need to make the change.
Benefit to Your Body
Besides helping you to accept the change mentally, going slow will allow your body to adjust to the change. Many habits or addictions come with physical side effects. When your body is used to having caffeine everyday, for example, your body starts to need the caffeine and become dependent upon it. Once you stop drinking caffeine your body will rebel. You may get headaches or even feel sick.
You have to be able to overcome these side effects. Going slow with a change will allow you to avoid these physical side effects or at least make them less severe.
Make a Plan
In order to make a change work you need a plan. When going slowly you want to take gradual steps. Start by defining what you want to change. If you have multiple habits then choose one to start with. Try to make the change happen over a period of two weeks. It is often thought that it takes two weeks to develop a habit or break one. By the end of the two weeks, you should have broken your bad habit.
Take it one day at a time. You will struggle, there is not doubt, but if you are committed and you have a good plan in place, then you should find you can change your bad habits over time. In the end you will be healthier and find losing weight is not a struggle.