Weight Loss Progress
Weight Loss Progress (Photo credit: Lexinatrix)

Body Tip Struggling to slim down? Behavior change — the foundation of successful weight loss — takes time. Stick with it and it will get easier.

You swore you’d lose weight in the New Year, but so far your resolution is anything but a reality. Don’t fret just yet. Successful weight loss takes time and patience. After all, you’re learning to make healthier choices, avoid emotional chow-downs, and go for a walk instead of sinking into the couch. Lifelong habits can take months, or more, to turn around. Think of how long it can take to adjust to a new job or to learn to play the piano. Mistakes and setbacks are part of learning. Congratulate yourself every day for making the effort. Eventually these new habits will start to feel like your new normal. You’ll enjoy the lifestyle you’re living, and you may even look back and be shocked by your old habits. Just stick with it, and tell yourself that it’s okay to falter. Just pick right back up where you left off and learn from your mistakes. Practice, as they say, makes perfect.


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