The 21 Day Diet… Is it for you?

The 21 Day Fix diet is all the rage these days. According to Women’s Health Magazine , The 21 day health diet was one of the most searched diets in 2015 and spiked on Pinterest by a whopping 190 percent that same year.

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Does it work?  Any weight loss plan will work if you follow it and it creates a calorie deficit  (but that doesn’t mean it’s a healthy one or a good choice).

 

Will you keep the weight off?  Very slim chance. So do you want a quick fix or a new healthier you?

 

First of all, let me explain the “21 days to change a habit” myth.  It came about after a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz in the 1950’s noticed that it would take a patient about 21 days to get used to their new face, an amputee would sense a phantom limb for 21 days before getting used to their new situation, and Maltz himself about 21 days to form a new habit. In 1960 his published quote:

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Guess what? Maxwell Maltz he wasn’t stating fact, just what he noticed around him!  In the decades that followed this quote was used by self help professionals and the “minimum” part of the quote eventually disappeared.  Later research at the University College London determined that on average it takes 66 days for a behavior to become automatic.   In the study it took 18-254 days for people to form a new habit!

 

 

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not totally against a 21 day challenge.  It can be just what you need to kick start you onto a healthier road by creating certain food and exercise awareness. For example, portion control and healthier choices can awaken the skinnier/healthier you!

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It’s easy to forget how much better it feels and easier things can be when at a healthy weight. But if you only focus on eating what’s been outlined in the plan and not include changing the behaviors and  habits that put the weight on, it may only take you less than 21 days to gain it all back. A quick sprint to the finish line won’t win in the long run.

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I want you to think of healthy eating and movement as a choice and, yes, a lifestyle. That is what Lifestyles with Laura is all about. Feel free to comment below if you need help or have questions.

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