If your New Year’s resolution is floundering, you’re not alone!
88% of resolutions fail
The How of Lifestyle Changes for Health and Well-Being
Psychological research has a good explanation. Most resolutions involve “don’t’s” and restrictions that are viewed as restricting and take will power. To compound the challenge, most of the “don’ts” require conscious attention to over-ride behaviors that happen automatically and unconsciously. For example, many people cannot remember the meal they just ate accurately because the eat mindlessly and too fast. The problem is they underestimate the quantity that they eat and are often unconsciously attracted to unhealthy ingredients.
Controlled studies tell us to focus on positive outcomes not “don’ts”. If weigh management is the issue, focus on getting fit, not losing weight.
If that sounds like semantics and still requires will power, you might be right. Here’s where RITUALS can play a role in making lasting lifestyle changes. If a simple act could focus your attention and lead to the desired outcome, it would have a chance to become a new behavioral pattern, a lifestyle change, right? In the weight management department, this would be especially true if it lead to Eating Less and Enjoying More. Well, “Eating Less and Enjoying More” is possible with rituals.
The type of rituals referred to here are stereotypical acts or sequences of acts performed to focus attention on an upcoming and desired behavior. A ritual act leads to a mindful experience.
Research at Harvard and the University of Minnesota has shown that if you ritually unwrap a chocolate bar it tasted better and there is a greater likelihood that you will savor the experience rather than eating it too fast to get the full pleasure. Other research has shown that savoring leads to both a greater consumption experience and earlier satiation – you eat less, but enjoy more.
Want to learn more about rituals? Check out Living55Plus’s Slideshare presentation:
Want to learn more about eating less, enjoying more? Check out Living55Plus’s Slideshare presentation: