Forming habits and routines provide stability in our health and life. It helps our body establish clear goals and expectations. Consistency is key to a healthier lifestyle because training our body to require the same thing every day minimizes the tendency to binge, especially in eating.
If you always start and stop, your journey to a healthier lifestyle also starts and stops. You fail to achieve the benefits at the end because you quit halfway. However, if you practice consistency, it improves the chances that your efforts in becoming healthier can be achieved. Another good thing about consistency is that once it becomes a habit, it also becomes easier to do. You no longer have to drag yourself out of the door to start jogging in the morning or forcing yourself to eat healthily and feel like a rabbit afterward.
If you want to be consistent in eating healthy, you can begin by eating at the same time every day. By following this rule, you can reduce the possibilities of eating unnecessary snacks in between meals. Your body won’t feel the need to eat until it’s time for your usual meal after it has adjusted. Try to eat balanced meals within the day too, starving yourself is not an option. It’s called a diet, not ready to die yet. Eating balanced meals also reduce the chances of getting hungry in between, because your body knows that it has received proper nutrients already. Also, it is best to create meal plans for the week to avoid calling for pizza because you forgot to do the grocery. Meal plans are part of the consistency in eating healthy because you are fully aware of the calories that you are consuming within the week. Another tip in order to help in being consistent is to fill your meal plan with things that you love. Not necessarily ice cream or chocolates, but it’s good to let yourself indulge as long as it’s within healthy portions. Keep it in moderation.
The same goes for exercise. Build a habit of exercising at the same time daily. If you always jog at 8:00 AM in the morning, stick to that routine. In time, you don’t have to keep making excuses for yourself on why you shouldn’t wake up early to jog. Also, your body might have gotten used to this cardio activity in no time and you don’t sweat as easily anymore. By then, you can start adding another form of exercise to your routine to avoid the plateau.
The good part is, it only takes about a week or two for your body to fully adjust to your healthier routine. It’s not really that long, is it? It is just a matter of motivating yourself to switch up your lifestyle to a better and healthier one. Sooner or later, you won’t feel the muscle pain that you get from exercising. Sooner or later, you’ll stop snacking on unnecessary snacks during the day. That sounds like a dream, right? But it’s very achievable with the right motivation.