One Small Change Can Make A Big Difference

small changes big differenceIf you want big results you have to make big changes, right?

Maybe not.

Making big changes might seem like the only way to move the needle on the scale – like cutting carbs out entirely, or going dairy free, or running 3 miles a day every day. While these kinds of changes can definitely impact your life, it’s not the only way to reach your goals. In fact, it’s not even the best way to reach your goals.

When we make these huge changes in our lives we start out with a ton of enthusiasm and gusto. Yes! I’m gluten-free and feeling good! But then we have a bad day and a friend invites us out for tapas and a glass of wine. Just a little bread won’t hurt. Our enthusiasm wanes. Suddenly your commitment to going wheat free has gone out the window and you’re back to square one.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing though. Making small changes can seriously impact your life in a positive way over time. If you started walking just 10 minutes a day you would be burning an extra 350 calories per week, not to mention all of the other positive benefits walking has on your blood pressure, your mood, and your stress levels. Now imagine that next week you up that to 20 minutes per day. And the week after you go up to 30 minutes per day. Suddenly you’re burning enough calories to lose over a pound a month just from this tiny change.

Instead of trying to cut out all sugar, start with lowering your soda habit. If you usually drink three or four cans of sodas a day, replacing these drinks with water or sparkling water could help you lose an average of 1 pound a week. Swapping out water for soda is small tweak to your life that can have a huge impact!

Fad diets and major changes to your lifestyle are not sustainable. Making small changes that you can maintain for years to come is the key to getting and maintaining results.