If you want the healthy diet changes you make to really stick, I have some great news. According to nifty, new research your “approach” makes all the difference. The key is a positive focus. Meaning, what works best is incorporating healthy foods you truly enjoy versus ditching your favorites or forcing yourself to eat foods you do not like. This was the encouraging conclusion from three separate studies involving 542 study subjects. Whether the goal was weight loss or improved well-being, the researchers noted the following distinct differences in the successful study subjects relative to those who failed:
This new science is perfectly consistent with the realities of human behavior change. We all tend to triumph more readily when we focus on pleasurable, positive, and truly doable changes like eating more of the healthy foods we like versus eating those we don’t and totally nixing our favorite foods.
(Psychology & Marketing, 2016; 33 (8): 588 DOI: 10.1002/mar.20901)