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How long can it take for me to make healthy eating habits my lifestyle?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Technically, experts say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. However, in 1 day, you can wipe out all the 5 food felons from your kitchen, pantry, and desk, start packing a healthy lunch and snacks for work, and have a healthy and hearty breakfast and dinner. Just make sure you do it again tomorrow.
As a rule of thumb, people need about three weeks to establish a new behavior pattern and about three months to make it a habit. The exact time frame will vary, depending upon a person’s motivation and the habit. For example, drinking a cup of water every morning is an easier habit to establish compared to doing 100 sit-ups before breakfast.
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