7 Tips On How to Break Your Unhealthy Habits and Create Healthy Ones

Ben Emanuel II

Developing a new habit is easier said than done. According to experts, it takes 18 to 254 days to be able to create a new habit. Here are some tips on how you can break your old unhealthy habits and create new ones.

Achieving fitness goals is not exactly simple and straightforward. Most of what we do revolve around our pre-existing habits. Whether it’s binge eating or not going to the gym enough, unhealthy habits come in different forms.

But just how important is habit formation when it comes to living a healthier life? In one study, a habit-based weight loss intervention was done on respondents. It was discovered that breaking old habits and forming new ones allow participants to maintain their weight loss after 12 months.

Developing a new habit is easier said than done. According to experts, it takes 18 to 254 days to be able to create a new habit. Here are some tips on how you can break your old unhealthy habits and create new ones.

1. Put a deadline on every Bad Habit

The first step is to identify your bad habits. After making a list of all your habits that causes you to live an unhealthy life, choose one habit, and put a deadline on it. If you won’t be putting a deadline on your bad habits, there is a chance that you are never going to confront these bad habits.

Does it mean that it should always have to be drastic? The point is simply to get started. For example, if you are sleeping past midnight, you can always start by sleeping an hour early once you want to eliminate this bad habit. After a week, you can move the clock another hour early. The next thing you know, you are already energized early in the morning because you slept early at night.

2. Write Down Food You Took and Activities You Did

Being self-aware of what you eat can help you eat healthier and lose more weight. Whenever you are writing down foods that you consumed throughout the day, it is also helpful if you can have notes to know the triggers that make you eat unhealthy.

According to the American Psychology Association, there are many adults who exhibit unhealthy eating behaviors because of stress. It was discovered that 33% of adults who are overeating or eating unhealthy are doing it because it can help distract them from stressful situations.

Having a food diary with notes can help you understand how you developed your unhealthy habit. Plus, you can proactively solve the problem. Instead of just fighting the urge to crave, you can avoid stressors or try to find other ways to manage your stress.

3. Interact with Like-Minded Individuals

Another way to break your unhealthy habits is by interacting with like-minded individuals. This can help give you the drive you need to make the necessary changes in your habits. If you are doing your workouts alone, it doesn't mean that you can't get to interact with other people who are also trying to make a positive change in their life. There are Facebook groups, fitness-related subreddits, and other online communities that can help guide and motivate you.

4. Switch to Healthy But Delicious Alternatives

Letting go of delicious food is probably the worst especially if you’ve found comfort in these treats for years. One of the best ways to never miss these delicious but unhealthy foods is by learning how to cook delicious alternatives.

Cooking your own food is ideal because you know what you are putting in the food you eat. It makes it easy to count calories plus watch your macros. However, it is also possible to tweak the food in such a way that it fits your palate’s preference. There are a good number of YouTube videos that can help you create delicious dishes that aren’t exactly sinful.

5. Drink At Least 8 Glasses of Water Daily

The body is 60% composed of water. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day can have a number of perks. For starters, it can help stop your cravings. A lot of people confuse getting thirsty with hunger. On top of that, you are also helping your kidneys plus it can help your muscles during workouts.

Drinking lots of water throughout the day is a good habit that can help improve your overall functions plus prevent cravings.

6. Get a Trainer

Also, you might want to get a professional trainer if you are serious about breaking bad habits. Not only can a trainer give you instructions on what type of workout you should be doing, but a trainer can also correct your form to optimize every rep that you make. For some individuals, a bad form during exercise is a bad habit formed through repetitions without professional guidance.

On the other hand, there are also those who get the help of trainers to be able to stay motivated especially when they feel that they are slipping back to their old unhealthy habits.

7. Get Plenty of Rest In Between Workouts

One of the most overlooked aspects of living a healthy lifestyle is rest. It is impossible to go 100% the entire time especially if you already hit your 40s.

People who are too exhausted tend to slip back to their bad habits whether it is eating more than they should or simply abandoning their program altogether because they are already too exhausted.

Be sure to sleep at least 8 hours a night. Plus, you want to give yourself a reward. As a rule of thumb, you want to have a cheat day wherein you are allowed to indulge in food that you don't usually eat.

Final Thoughts

Changing your bad habits are not exactly easy. Most of the activities that you do daily are attached to these habits. To be more successful in living a healthier life, you have to always be conscious of what you do. Plus, keep in mind that turning your bad habits into healthier ones can take some time. Do you have any other tips on how to eliminate your unhealthy habits? Let us know in the comment section below.