The Importance of Taking Things Slowly When Changing Your Health
If you try and make too many changes at once, then you can quickly feel overwhelmed, depressed, and unmotivated. Changing your lifestyle is hard. It means going against everything you have been doing in the past, and trust me, your body will reject it. You are probably more addicted to unhealthy things than you may realise. If sugar is drastically more addictive than cocaine, then it is not hard to believe that you will experience some withdrawal just from that alone. I suggest you start small and tackle it one habit at a time. When you feel like you are truly ready to make another change, even if it is only after a few months, then only do you commit to another change.
Here is a sample approach:
Week 1: Cut out all obvious sugars (cakes, sweets, sugary soft drinks, etc.)
Week 2: Switch to clear alcohol only and start drinking more water.
Week 3: Stop eating anything with one of the first 5 ingredients listed as sugar.
Week 4: Start limiting alcohol to twice a week and maximum 3 drinks (later you can lower to 2).
Week 5: Cut your carbohydrate intake in half.
Week 6: Cut out all processed foods.
You get the idea. Make changes at a pace that you feel you can handle. If you have the strength to make a lot of changes at a time, by all means, go for it.
Becoming your own version of superhuman means developing habits and skills that will keep you on top for the rest of your life. If it took you 20 years to develop the habits you have now, it definitely isn’t going to change all at once.
If you want to set yourself up for success, be realistic and don’t rush too much. If you slip up, forgive yourself immediately and move on. You don’t have to achieve a fit figure in a month. In fact, studies have shown that people who lose weight quickly are likely to gain it all back, plus more, but when people lost weight over a longer period of time, they kept it off for good. That’s because they took the time to develop new habits instead of going for a quick, yet temporary, fix.