I’m reading an interesting book titled The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, and it is fascinating! So much of what Olson talks about is in perfect alignment with what we teach our clients – that even very small changes in the way you eat can create big differences in your health over time.
Let’s say you want to lose weight (or maybe just not gain any more). Experts tell us that about 3,500 calories equal one pound. So, in other words, if you cut 3,500 calories from your diet, burn 3,500 calories more through exercise, or some combination of the two, you will lose one pound of body weight. So, how much is that, really?
If you want to lose one pound per month, then that equals about 115 calories per day that you have to cut from your diet. That may sound like a lot, but is it really? 100 calories is just 1 Oreo cookie (80 calories), a single serving bag of potato chips (130 calories), 1 Taco Bell taco (170 calories), or 8 ounces of Pepsi (100 calories)!
Do you think you could eliminate just one of these (or something similar) each day without really missing it? I’m betting you could. Just order your sandwich without potato chips or don’t go back to refill your soda – that’s all it would take. If you did that every day for just one month, you would lose 1 pound. Keep it up for one year and you could drop 12 pounds! And that’s without changing anything else in your diet or exercising one minute more than you do now!
Maybe you don’t want to lose weight. Instead, maybe you just want to eat better. Could you add just one piece of fruit each day or drink one glass of water instead of soda? Could you eat just one extra serving of vegetables or use a healthier salad dressing? These are all very small changes, but they add up over time.
We often ask our clients a similar question – could you make just one healthy change this week? Could you do just one thing, no matter how small, to eat healthier this week? Most people say “yes.” Then, we ask, can you make one additional change next week, and another one the week after that?
If you can, then at the end of just one year, you will have made a total of 52 healthy changes! What a huge difference that would make! You don’t have to make huge, life-altering changes. You can get great results by just making small, incremental changes that add up over time.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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