Moving from thinking that you’d love to change things to actually getting started can be difficult: your brain throws up all sorts of reasons why you can’t do the thing you want to do. Sometimes these barriers are all too evident and sometimes you’re not even aware of how your brain is rebelling against the change you want to make. But you can outsmart yourself by bringing out these objections and looking at them dispassionately and figuring out how to neutralise them.
Maybe you feel that:
- You don’t want to change what you currently eat (we know that change can be worrying but don’t worry - this is about finding changes that you can handle and what works for you)
- It will be too difficult to stick to (this way of eating means you won’t feel hungry and that makes everything easier. Of course, it won’t always be easy, but with the right support, you’ll get through it)
- You don’t have time to follow a program (a little preparation around what you’ll eat and a few minutes each day to read the content of our app is all you need)
- The food will be unpleasant/expensive (actually, the food is delicious and because your appetite will reduce you’ll be spending less on food overall)
- The food will be hard to prepare (we have lots of easy recipes and food ideas to ensure you won’t be spending hours in the kitchen [unless you want to!])
- It will be too complicated (we give you 5 really simple rules to follow as well as shopping lists and meal plans)
- You don’t like or want to exercise (exercise does not have to mean spending hours in the gym, we have lots of ideas on how to increase your activity levels with ease)
- It will take too long (actually, improvements in your health happen really quickly: just one day eating three healthy low-carb meals will be enough to significantly improve your blood chemistry; losing just 2 inches from your waist will significantly reduce any liver fat; losing as little as 3% of your start weight can significantly lower your blood pressure. These fantastic health improvements will happen so quickly and the weight loss will follow on. And once you’ve discovered how easy it is to eat low carb, you won’t need to be counting the days until you’ve lost x pounds/kilos: you’ll be feeling so much more energetic and healthy, the future will look so great)
- You have tried to change before and failed (maybe before you didn’t have the right motivations, that’s why your next task is to think about your motivations. With the right motivations you will succeed)
Do any of these barriers sound familiar? Understanding your barriers is the first step in overcoming them. Ask yourself: “What’s stopping me from getting started with a new way of eating right now?”. Write down your answers and think about what you can do to overcome them. When you think you’ve got a full list, ask yourself again “Is there anything to stop me from getting going right away?”, perhaps you feel you just need a bit of motivation to take the final step.
When embarking on a program of behaviour change, it’s important to identify your motivations (who are you going to do this for and why). Knowing your motivations helps you to get started, to stay on track and to succeed. Perhaps you’re thinking, “oh that’s easy: I need to lose weight” or “because my doctor/nurse/partner says I need to”? You might be surprised to know that these kinds of motivations are not very effective for long-term success. Why? Because, if your motivation is to lose weight, especially if someone else has told you to do it, you’re not focussing on what really matters to you, personally. Your need to change needs to come from your own sense of self, your own values and your own life goals. When you find a motivation that ties in with the things that really matter to you, you’re far more likely to succeed.
Wondering what we mean by this? Here are some ideas:
- To improve your health
- To be there for your partner/children/grandchildren
- To be more mobile
- To feel better about your appearance
- To be able to do the activities you enjoy
- To improve your fitness and/or improved athletic performance
- To enjoy clothes shopping
- To feel good about yourself
- To feel fit and strong
- To feel energetic
- To be able to run around with the kids
- To like having your photograph taken/looking in the mirror
- To fit into a favourite item of clothing
- To be able to go swimming without feeling self-conscious
- To restart a hobby you haven’t been able to do lately or to take up a new one
- Think about how you want to feel, what you will be able to do, what will success look like for you?
Now you’ve identified your barriers, worked out how to overcome them and know your motivations, there should be nothing to stop you getting going on your new life and regaining your health.