Most diet and nutrition books present a new "cutting edge" way to eat in order to be the new miracle cure for weight loss and all things healthy.
They usually present information that we somehow missed in all the years that we’ve been studying nutrition. How did we ever expect to get healthy without this new information?
But the path to health is not cutting edge. We’ve known about how to get healthy for years, even decades. We know there are no “get fit quick” schemes that actually work. What works are healthy choices over a period of time.
What works is a checklist.
Most people do not need the newest research on the subject of nutrition, they need to practice the basics, and continue to refine their behavior until those basic habits become ingrained in their life.
New Habits. New Health.
This book is about modifying behavior, not about the latest and greatest “secret” to health.
There are no secrets. And if there are no secrets, then you have all the tools right now to achieve your health goals. Yes, right now! There are no more excuses. No more waiting. Now is the time to act. Let’s take one step at a time, together.
About The Format Of This Book
This book is meant to be practical. So the general format of the book follows more along the lines of a checklist that you would put on your refrigerator.
The book is simply a detailed version of the checklist. For the printable PDF copy of the checklist that you can hang on your refrigerator, visit www.ChrisJankeBueno.com/checklist.
Feel free to read the whole book, but you don't really need to (not all at once at least). The only thing you need to focus on is the one part of the checklist that you are on. You might find that you haven't even mastered step one, and that's fine. Stick to step one until you really feel like you have it mastered.
The book is designed so that the steps build off of each other. Step one is the most important step because it creates a domino effect to all the other steps. Likewise, step two is the next phase in that progression. So as tempting as it might be to go out of order, try to follow the steps as they are presented. There is a reason, and it works.
Motivation For The Journey
It’s very likely that you will lose motivation along the way. it can happen even to the most motivated among us. Nobody can maintain 100% motivation at all times for a goal that takes months or years to complete. Even professional athletes must be highly aware of their emotions, and make corrections when they sense the slightest dip in motivation.
So what do you do to keep your motivation high? There are lots of strategies that can work. One that I like is beginner’s mind. This is where you approach a practice as a first-timer. Beginner’s mind is an extremely effective way of approaching life in general, and this goal in particular. Always look at your daily habits with fresh eyes. How would you look at this habit of yours on the first day?
Human beings follow habitual tendencies in order for us to be effective in our day-to-day lives. For example, if you had to consciously think about how to tie your shoes every time you did it, you would use so much brainpower on that task that you would not be able to think of much else. Habits go to our subconscious, and we don't need to focus on them as much. But if you are overweight and out of shape, you want to shine some light on your habits. Be very mindful of all the actions that you have been doing up until now that have been habitual. We want to take them out of the habit mode as we begin to create new habits.
At first, these new habits might seem weird. They might be challenging. Healthy people do these naturally, and you can too. Once you begin to turn these tasks into habits, you are well on your way to becoming a healthy person.
The key is to focus on the daily habits rather than the final outcome. For example, if you change your habits in 60 days, but you still have 100 pounds to lose in total, just know that you have achieved success with the habit formation. The weight loss is just a matter of time. Continue doing what healthy people do and you will have what healthy people have.
I know from experience. I have been overweight myself. And I know that in order to become healthy, you need to first begin thinking like a healthy person, and then begin acting like a healthy person.
Sometimes it's challenging to think like a healthy person if you don't feel healthy. In that case you might need to adopt the "fake it till you make it" mentality, meaning that you might just need to start with the actions on this list and soon you will start to feel healthy. In that case the feeling will follow the action. If you do the actions enough then eventually you will feel healthy.
This blog post was excerpted from Help! My Diet Sucks. Purchase the book on Amazon.