Habits—good or bad, they’re something we all have. And changing them can be challenging… But with the right GoFor20 strategies and a positive attitude, you CAN succeed! Your immediate goal is to stick to these changes for two weeks and then watch them turn into daily routines.
Break it: No TV while eating – and only as much as you exercise.
Studies have shown that watching TV/surfing the web is a driver of weight gain. You aren’t moving, and there’s a higher chance that you will be snacking.
Build it: Spend as much time with recreational screentime as you do exercising.
This will help you break the bad habit of mindless eating while sitting and encourage a more active lifestyle! If your screen time is a must, only allow water while watching, and during the commercials challenge yourself to some crunches, squats, or jumping jacks.
Break it: No sugar – except what’s naturally found in fruit.
Stay away from sugar and sweetened foods such as: table/brown sugar, honey, jam and jelly, candy, desserts, fruit juice, and soda.
Build it: Rely on fruit to satisfy your cravings.
This is a healthier, lower-calorie way to not only get the sugar your body craves, but to get excess nutrients and water!
Break it: No snacks – except fresh and natural foods.
Most snacks are not only processed, but have a lot of calories and little nutritional value. If you are a snacker, this is a very important habit to break! Most people will grab a handful of something and not feel full, therefore they feel that they deserve more food and ultimately eat more throughout the day allowing weight to creep up.
Build it: If you’re hungry between meals, go to the fresh stuff.
Snacking on healthy fruits and vegetables a couple times a day can not only help you manage your weight, but get extra nutrients that your body requires. If you don’t like raw veggies, grill extra during dinner and pack them away to snack on the next day. You can also add lean proteins or produce such as protein shakes, bars, turkey rollups, cottage cheese, or plain greek yogurt and low-fat granola. It is important to prep small containers of snacks not only for portion control, but for convenience, which encourages a healthy lifestyle!
Takeaway: GoFor20 suggests these three simple steps can make a huge impact on your goal for weight loss and health. Changing habits, especially ones you’ve had for years, isn’t easy.