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High Impact Habits

Coach Helen Wong by Helen Wong
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Have you ever tried something new for your health because you heard it was good––like buying cereal with extra fiber and calcium––but didn't notice any real difference in how you look or feel?

You *hope* it is helping you be healthier and strengthening your bones, but you don't have any way to know if it's actually doing anything.

Most new habits people try fit into this category. They're low impact and you get very little or no immediate feedback on how it will impact your life in the long run.

There's no immediate benefit and, when it comes down to it, you have no good reason to keep doing it.

There are many problems with habits like these. One big one is that with no feedback you don't know if what you're doing is helping, hurting or just plain pointless. You have to act on faith that nutrition science (or wherever your advice came from) is steering you in the right direction––not something I'd recommend.

But an even bigger problem is that habits without an immediate and meaningful reward are the first to slip when life gets the better of you.

Would you rearrange your day to make sure you can do something that may or may not be important to you at some unspecified future time? I know I wouldn't.

This is why I'm always encouraging you to focus on HIGH IMPACT Habits.

By definition, these are the habits that have the potential to improve your health and quality of life dramatically. The benefits are large, easy to notice, and appear relatively quickly.

When habits like this affect a major part of your life, like health, they often start to impact other habits in that category.

As someone who spent more than 10 years of my life trying to lose weight and stop overeating, I've tried virtually every health and weight loss strategy. I've counted calories, cut carbs, eliminated fat, and banned sugars. I've done years of diving, stair climbing, running, exercise videos and weight training.

Most of these failed. A few worked OK, but made me miserable. And I've now settled on the handful of simple habits that work best for me at this time in my life.

But of all the things I've ever tried there is one habit I've developed that stands out above them all. A habit that has improved my health and quality of life in ways I would never have imagined.

DBT skills revolutionized my relationship with food and my body and helped me overcome binging urges. I learnt to use healthier coping mechanisms and I am now 3 years-binge free.

Gone were the days of hunger and longing for more.

I learnt healthier, more sustainable eating habits, eating habits that do not set me up for failure (overeating due to hunger).

My success prompted me to pursue education in the fields of nutrition, fitness and psychology and now, I've developed a program which teaches clients skills to overcome overeating. The skills are a life changer.

I made changes that were high impact, made immediate impacts on stopping my overeating habits (and thus helped me lose weight).

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