Tiny changes in habits can do a lot of things. Some of the best outcomes of a molecular shift are getting started and gaining momentum. And as we all know, journeys of a million miles begin with a single step.
But sometimes, little changes are simply not enough. This was my experience when I tried to lose the fifty pounds I put on within six months of quitting smoking. My appetite had become insatiable. I would make healthy eating choices for part of the day, but then ruin the effort with the calories consumed in a half hour’s lapse. I tried drinking more water, using supplements, exercising vigorously. There was no confusion for me about why I wasn’t losing, even three years after putting down the smokes. I ate too much. The little changes, and even some of the bigger ones, were just not making enough of an impact. I began to wonder why my appetite was so unmanageable. The body was surely not designed to work this way. I took my queries to the web and began learning. And I discovered Dr. Mark Hyman.
I ordered Dr. Hyman’s book The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, read it, and wept with relief as he identified what was going wrong with my satiety sensor. I was startled by the changes he recommended. No bread?! No sugar?! Who can live like that?! The changes he advocated were BIG. But I was desperate and I tried it.
Truly, the weight literally fell off. Within 6 months the problem that had plagued me was over; my BMI was within the normal range. I still follow his recommendations with minor modifications to suit my lifestyle and budget. Maintaining my weight doesn’t pose a difficulty. I find it easier to live without grains and sugar, than it was to live with them. In fact, it requires far less self-control for me to eat none at all, than it did for me to eat a little.
Whether you’re struggling with weight-loss or facing an entirely different challenge, minor behavior modifications are a powerful tool and often lead the way to dramatic results. But if you’re hitting a wall that little changes wont budge, consider BIG changes. Sometimes, they’re not as hard as you think, and will finally get the job done.