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Why do we resist making major lifestyle changes?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
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    Many people can be convinced to steer clear of red meat, hit the gym, kick the smoking habit and more. But, says Dr. Michael Roizen in this video, there's one change hardly anyone is willing to make.
  • ACharles Sophy, Psychiatry, answered

    We resist making major lifestyle changes because…

    • Lifestyle changes at any level can be difficult. One of the biggest reasons is usually because the change is new. Any change that is not familiar, comfortable or compatible with what you know can be a challenge. Your mind and body will naturally want to resist and go back to what you know and what's familiar.
    • Anticipated anxiety about the perceived changes, especially if they are perceived as unrealistic. Only realistic changes allow you to see and feel successful and build self-confidence.

     

     

     

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  • Lifestyle change at any level can be difficult. Why? One of the biggest reasons is usually because the change is new. As an adult when something is new is generally not something we grew up with or it may be something you were discouraged from doing. Take exercise for example. If you did not grow up being physically active, your family wasn't physically active and you were discouraged from being physically active, then as an adult exercise is not familiar, comfortable or compatible with what you know about it. This makes change a challenge. In this scenario even when we get to the place where we begin to intellectually understand the benefits of excise it's still a challenge to make the change. You mind and body will naturally want to go back to what you know and what's familiar. Change is not familiar, it's hard and different. 

    It's unfortunate but for many it's not until something unfortunate happens that they realize change is inevitable: heart attack, high blood pressure, inability to participate in something with family and friends, loss of a job due to poor health, inability to get insurance, etc. 

    Change is in your control. You don't need to go from zero to one-hundred in a day or two. Change can go at many different paces and it should be realistic. Realistic changes allow you to see and feel successful and build self confidence. Unrealistic changes set you up for failure. 

     
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