While improving your health can seem daunting, research shows there are weight loss strategies far more effective than relying on willpower. Creating new action-based habits and maintaining a positive environment and support system is proven to be more successful.
We all know goal setting is a key component of healthy living, but did you know the type of goal you set is important? Focusing on your behavior is proven to be more beneficial than setting a specific weight loss goal. Instead of concentrating on a number on the bathroom scale or limiting your calories, challenge yourself to take a walk each day, keep a food journal or drink an extra glass of water each morning.
The good news is small behavior changes add up to impressive results over time. Studies show that by improving your routine you can achieve great things. Just packing your lunch each day or taking the stairs instead of the elevator will garner results. Try packing your gym bag the night before and keeping your workout shoes in sight so you’re always ready for a walk. Research suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so it’s no coincidence many Shapa missions last three weeks.
When you change your environment, you change the outcome. Instead of relying on self-control for weight loss, set yourself up for success by surrounding yourself with things that make healthy choices easier. Remove trigger foods from your home and stock your pantry and fridge with nutrient-rich foods so they are close at hand when you’re hungry. With today’s hectic lifestyles, preparation and a well-designed home environment are extremely beneficial.
Ensure your success by integrating your family and friends into your efforts. Share your goals with those closest to you. Finding a workout buddy is a great strategy for holding yourself accountable and prioritizing physical activity. Support from your inner circle can prove invaluable at every stage of your journey.
Shapa’s foundation is built on these life skills and strategies. Created by a team of behavioral scientists and health experts, it supports and encourages small, sustainable change. Shapa missions are action-based and help you make little tweaks to your lifestyle—which are sustainable and keep you from feeling deprived. As you change your environment, Shapa reflects and rewards your progress. And, the Shapa program is naturally social—it works with up to seven people so you can get your family involved in your healthy living initiative too. Shapa’s Facebook Community, Instagram and Twitter channels offer even more social support and interaction.