To get someone to change a bad habit may be one of the most impossible things to accomplish, at least it is for me. Some people wake up every morning with the same psycho-ritualistic behaviors that are ruining their lives, but they accept this as a part of who they are. If anyone knows me, I can attest to this mentality. I am a creature of habit, many habits. Some great, some good and some well…What we are talking about here though are behaviors that directly influence the goals we set out for ourselves. For instance, fat-loss. Which by far are the most common goal we will see in the fitness industry, hands down.
To change a bad habit and replace this habit with a positive one is nothing short of easy. Most of the clients/members that I work with have very similar goals in mind. Weight-loss (well fat-loss preferably), maybe a “little toning” and to be stronger and fitter. The problems come when you have an open and honest discussion about an individuals lifestyle choices. For many, the idea of making sometimes dramatic changes in their daily routines seem overwhelming at first.
It is frustrating when I begin working with what seems to be a highly motivated individual, then I pose the issue of the habits that they must be willing to change in order for change to occur. The look on some of their faces are quite interesting to say the least.
I understand that changing many different bad habits over night is just not logical. What you can do, is work on eliminating one bad habit that you know for a fact is inhibiting you from making the changes in your life you deserve!
Once you identify the habit that is hindering your progress and are working toward removing it from your life, you must then replace it with something positive. If you just decide to turn a switch today that will have almost an immediate positive influence on your direction, shouldn’t you just do it? I would think!
I am going to give you an idea of a goal I think everyone would benefit from changing, actually eliminating;
Considering the health and physical state of this country, not to mention that everyone would like to drop some excess body fat and improve their health and well-being, we will focus on an all to common bad habit likely preventing you from consistent fat loss and superior health. I can almost guarantee that many of you reading this consume a common type highly processed sugar called High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), they are hidden in everything! Your probably consuming it quite daily if you’re not paying attention, and unfortunately your children are likely consuming even more. I hope not!
HFCS is probably the worst processed sugar or food substance you can put into your body. The negative health implications go on and on, yet it’s still in everything. It’s cheap, really sweet and highly addictive. Many of the other added sugars that manufacturer’s put into our food supply are terrible, but these guys take the cake. Read about the dangers of HFCS here.
HFCS has been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Weakened immune system
- Cirrhosis of the Liver
- Elevated Cholesterol levels
- Mineral deficiency
Please start reading all the ingredients of the foods you eat(unless of course your just about perfect and eat nothing processed and the ingredients are obvious), which I highly doubt. If you look you will find foods that you are currently eating loaded with HFCS or even low or zero calorie sweeteners(that’s a whole other story).
STOP! Do not eat it. You don’t need it and your body hates it!
All these products do is inhibit you from reaching your physical and mental potential. The human body is meant to burn fat as a primary fuel source, but if you’re not burning your storing. We all know how efficient the human body can be at storing fat!
Remember, HFCS and other simple sugars hide in everything. Soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, so-called health bars and pretty much every single prepackaged, processed food that is down the isles of your supermarket. I could go on but I am trying to get my point across as quickly as I know how.
Become aware of how much HFCS and excess sugar you and your family maybe eating and what it is in. Replace it with quality, more nutritionally valuable foods that will actually contribute to a lean healthy body, not a soft, flabby one.
Water for instance, should be the only beverage you need to consume, especially if your goals are weight and fat loss or superior health for that matter. The human body is about 60% water, so drink up. Filtered water is always preferred.
Instead of snacking on processed, prepackaged, nutrient void foods that are just so easy to grab, here is a little list of some quick, healthy snacks that are power-packed with quality fats and protein. Just what your body desires. These are just ideas, not exactly perfect though. Remember, I just stole these right off the internet and you could to!
There is no need to try to overhaul your entire life all at once. Just one simple change replaced by a positive action will inevitably result in long-term success. I’ve seen it happen time and time again!
Find things that you’re attached to that are slowing you down, realize they are broke, eliminate them and refuse to use them any longer.
Strength For Life,
Jim O’Hagan is an N.A.S.M CFT Certified Fitness Trainer, N.A.S.M. CES Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Functional Movement Screening Specialist FMS. With over 15 years of experience helping hundreds of clients get ready for life and sport, Jim’s passion for nutrition, fitness, strength and conditioning will never be satisfied!
Jim is also the founder of Core Dynamics Gym, an exclusive fitness club located in Water Mill, New York.