The importance of Habit Change

Written by Dr Alison Kamffer

Most people have made some New Year resolutions, as they do every year, but do you ever keep them? Maybe you have decided to try to achieve last year’s goal this year? So why do we make these promises to ourselves only to break them? Why do we start out so full of resolve, only for it to melt away at the 1st work deadline or cream bun that crosses our


There are several reasons that we fail and if we study them we can set ourselves up for success instead of failure, by making a few tweaks to our attitude.

Be realistic. If you now have a BMI of 35, don’t set yourself the goal of ‘losing 50kg this year’ as you will soon become discouraged! Instead give yourself short term goals, such as losing the 1st 5 kg, at the same time identifying your worst habits, how to begin to change them, and putting 1 or 2 ideas into practice. This way you are dealing with the cause of the problem [the poor eating habits] and the long term result will be change and success!

Many people who manage to lose weight only regain it again, and more besides. Why? It is simply because they have not changed their habits, but have ‘gone on a diet’ only to ‘come off the diet’ and revert to the old ways that caused the problem in the first place. Weight control, as with the rest of your health, is a long term, life long commitment, requiring acceptance that certain aspects need changing, and that those changes have to be permanent. For some this means giving up sugary foods completely, as many people with weight problems are in fact addicted to sugars, and as with alcohol, cigarette or any other addictio