The bottom line: Eating better requires behavior change, and behavior change is hard. Understanding how change works and having a model will increase our chance of success.
There are many varied theories on change. Some researchers and anecdotal reports point to success with a “cold turkey” or extreme approach to a new behavior. Other studies and empirical observations show a clear benefit to a gradual approach. I know many people who just seem to change overnight with smoking or other bad habits, while others try and fail numbers of time before seeing lasting success.
One of the more popular theories of change is the “Transtheoretical Model of Change” which involves 6 steps:
- Exit / Relapse
To become a pro, learn more and become aware, take action and keep following through, and then finally you’ll have the habit in place and be a “pro” and you will do the things you want to do automatically. Change is hard, but with the right model, you can do it.
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