The Science Behind Breaking Bad Habits

You can’t help discussing habits in the season of resolutions to change or break them.

We all start out with such strong resolve but often times fail to recognize the triggers that make us cave.

“Once a behavior had been repeated a lot, especially if the person does it in the same setting, you can successfully change what people want to do. But if they’ve done it enough, their behavior doesn’t follow their intentions,” Neal explains.

Neal says this has to do with the way that over time, our physical environments come to shape our behavior.

“People, when they perform a behavior a lot — especially in the same environment, same sort of physical setting — outsource the control of the behavior to the environment,” Neal says.

A Little Vegan is a Good Thing

No longer on the fringe, Vegan diet creeps into the mainstream.

Some of our favorite foods are already vegan; peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, rice and beans, chili, salads and more.

Many great dishes are great without the meat and cheese.

Mark Bittman has some great tips for improving your diet.

My point here is to make semi-veganism work for you. Once a week, let bean burgers stand in for hamburgers, leave the meat out of your pasta sauce, make a risotto the likes of which you’ve probably never had — and you may just find yourself eating “better.”

A little change in attitude toward some of your favorite recipes can lead to big changes in your health goals.

Persevere to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Tenacity is the best way to keep off the weight.

With all the resolutions to lose weight being made this year it is easy to forget that reaching your goal involves a lot of changes.

And in making those changes there are bound to be a few slips along the way.

Well, it is not in the mistake but rather in the recovery where success is borne.

Behavior change is the cornerstone of healthy, successful weight loss and it takes about three months to establish a new behavior.

Only 20 percent of Americans who’ve tried to lose weight will keep the weight off after one year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bartfield offered the following tips to help reverse this trend and help people achieve and maintain their weight-loss goals.

Don’t forget to to give yourself some slack.

A few mistakes here and there is no reason to give up.

It’s Time for New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner and most of us create a list of changes that would daunt even the most Herculean of wills.

First, if you’re thinking about committing to improving your health in 2012, you’ll have plenty of company. A little over half of the people we surveyed said they’ll resolve to exercise more. More than a third will resolve to lose weight. And 13 percent say they’ll commit to either quitting smoking or reducing how much they smoke

Be realistic with your goals and start with little steps.

A small change can lead to big results.


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