Weight Loss: The Science of Habit Change

August 1, 2016

Recently, a client shared an animated video about making habit change and it’s nice to be reinforced about our philosophies at Happy Food.  Here are some things to consider when you’re embarking on your own desires for change especially as it relates to healthy eating and weight loss.

  • The most effective motivator for change is having fun.  Make sure healthy eating and exercise is fun and not torture, regime, restriction, or denial.
  • Once you add in rewards then take it away, it cancels the wonderful effect of play.  Again, just focus on how it’s fun.  Go dance, do social activities, team sports, things you enjoy.  No more gyms if you hate them. 
  • If you feel better, you’re more likely to improve your progress.  So recognize how you feel in your body as you engage in more FUN physical activities and eat well.  Don’t use the number on the scale to play negative mental games on yourself. The scale tells an incomplete story.
  • Being solely positive is not enough, although being negative would be detrimental to change.  We definitely focus on being positive in the office, but we also focus on small, palatable goals and addressing obstacles that get in the way.  Obstacles may be easy like just needing to drink more water to very complex like being in a job or relationship that hinders you from a healthy lifestyle.
  • Lastly, although many of my clients do it, don’t resort to “what the hell.”  What the hell, I already ruined my healthy eating by having a donut, I might as well have a cookie and ice cream and burger and forget cooking or making better choices. 

Change is uncomfortable, but life starts at the end of your comfort zone.  Get support and make the changes you want to see in yourself, your body, and your habits.  

If you’re interested in more information and learning how to have a great relationship with yourself, food, exercise, and build great habits, then set up a free health consultation at www.HappyFoodHealth.com or (619) 876-2655. See if this is the right match for you. I do things very differently to make health a natural lifestyle and this is not for everyone. 

~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Health Coach, San Diego, CA