Think Small

What is the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Becoming healthier is not an all or nothing proposition. They key is to make small, easy changes over time. Consistent, small modifications can lead to big changes in your health over time. Start with small changes such as decreasing the amount of red meat you eat. Or, increase your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. After successfully making one change then try another, then another and so on. Do not feel that you need to make drastic changes on the first day. Make small, manageable goals that you can achieve and then build on those.  The same goes for exercise. Start with small manageable goals. Maybe try exercising for 10 minutes 3 times a week. Then increase it to 15 minutes 3 times a week. Losing weight is no different. Make a goal of losing 5 pounds which is manageable, not 50 pounds. Many people make large goals, have difficulty achieving them and then just give up. The key is to be persistent and consistent. Small, consistent changes over time can lead to large results. Do not give up. Expect small failures. Your goal is long-term success. Small changes will pyramid into significant changes in your overall health and weight over time. You must be patient. If you try eating a whole elephant in one bite you will never succeed.

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

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