Successful Lifestyle Change: The Power of Habit!
As we move swiftly and fully through 2015 many people create goals, resolutions or intentions to change, break or create new habits. I believe that as powerful as this process can be what can be even more empowering in ensuring success is to understand why we have certain habits and what has been proven to support lasting change. Research on people who have successfully lost weight supports the idea that modifying lifestyle is a crucial component of these efforts. Data on successful lifestyle modification practices come from Rena Wing, James O.Hill and colleagues at the National Weight Control Regency(NWCR). Their findings showed that the following lifestyle-modifications where most successful in weight management efforts (Wing & Phelan, 2005)
* Engaging in high levels of physical activity, at least one hour each day
* Eating a low-calorie, low fat diet
* Eating breakfast daily
* Self-monitoring body weight regularly (once a week is fine)
* Maintaining a consistent eating pattern everyday including weekends and tracking what you eat.
As a health coach and wellness product consultant I see how simple yet challenging it can be for people to make lifestyle changes. Creating a force of habit can take 16-24 weeks which is a long time to be on track, on target and consistent. There are lots of other tools that can support creating habits that last which I will address in future blogs. Just know that if you currently wanting to engage in
health/fitness and diet changes put some basic’s into place right from the start. Support, feedback, tracking progress, fine tuning, fun and sustainability are key components as well. The five action steps above form the foundation and the other  key elements keep you focused for the long haul. For the next 6 weeks I will go into more detail on the additional tools and strategies that can support your “One step at a time” journey to success. Don’t forget to have fun and if it supports your goals getting in nature to move your body can be a huge bonus.
In constant support of your desire for change and steps to keep you on track.
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Laurie Bagley MS in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, is a mother,  ACE certified health coach, entrepreneurial business owner, VeraHeart coach and teacher. Her Health and Wellness products business and her Health Fitness Coaching Business, focus on assisting people reach their health/wellness/fitness and financial goals. She is also the 6th woman to summit Mt. Everest from the North Col route and has written a book called SUMMIT.
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