5 Lazy Lifestyle Changes That Yield Massive Results
Honestly, sometimes eating healthy is a lot of work. Yeah you know it’s important, but people complicate things nowadays…
Should I eat low carb or low fat? Keto or Vegan? Should I eat breakfast or nah?
Eating healthy is simple and easily attainable, but only if you allow it to be. And if you’re a tad lazy like I am, you want easy strategies that won’t be too much work, but will get you maximum results.
So if you’re wondering how you can get healthy and put in the absolute smallest amount of effort possible, I gotchu.
Here are 5 seemingly small changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle that will give you massive results.
1. Add, don’t subtract.
It’s much easier to focus on adding more nutritious, whole foods to your diet, instead of trying to cut out everything that’s wrong with it. If you’re not eating fruits or veggies right now, try adding a fruit to your lunch or a side of veggies to your dinner. Add a nice, tall, cold glass of water to your morning routine. It’s okay if the rest of your meal isn’t the healthiest in the world. You’ll get there. Plus, the more you fill up on healthful foods that you actually enjoy, the less room you’ll have for foods that aren’t supporting your goals. (More nutritious foods + less room for junk foods= double win!)
2. Do Just A Little Bit Better
I wrote a whole post about this, but thinking on a spectrum instead of going at it all or nothing really is one of my favorite strategies. When you think to yourself “how can I make this choice a little bit better?” it allows you to be creative and improve your diet as you go. This habit is also a great motivator because you’re constantly presented with your own evidence that you can make better choices, and that you already have the ability to improve.
3. What are you already doing well? Build on that.
If you’re already good at cooking dinner every night, improve the quality of said dinner (add veggies, add variety, monitor portions). If you’re a #boss at time management, take advantage of your skills and schedule some time to meal prep. Heck, if you take photos of your food all the time for the gram, use it as a food diary to keep track of your meals and keep you accountable. Sometimes when we try to improve our diet, we focus on what we’re doing wrong and what we have to fix. Screw that my friend. This approach lets us improve in the areas we’re already shining in. Find something you’re already doing well or that you know you’re good at, and do more of it, and do it better.
4. Change your environment.
Berardi’s First Law: "If a food is in your house or possession, either you, someone you love, or someone you marginally tolerate, will eventually eat it." - Dr. John Berardi
Our environment has a HUGE effect on our choices, like waay more than we think. When you’re surrounded by easy healthy choices (i.e. having a fruit basket instead of a cookie jar), eating healthier becomes easy peasy lemon squeezy. It’s just what’s there. You develop good habits because your environment supports them and makes them easy. You can also do the opposite, and make any bad habits more difficult. If you find yourself snacking on chips and cookies, don’t buy them. And if they’re already in the house, make it harder to get to them. So that you gotta put in some serious effort to get to it. (Move it to the basement, or throw it in that cabinet that they always put on top of the fridge- who even goes in there?) If you’re a little lazy like me, you won’t even bother (too.much.work). And, you won’t need any motivation or willpower because your environment is supporting your success, you’re not constantly fighting against its temptations. Booyah.
5. Get accountable.
If you already know a lot about health and nutrition, but you’re still not making progress, chances are you’re missing this important factor. Being accountable, either to yourself or someone else, can be the difference between you succeeding in your goal or just kinda chillin in the same place forever. Ask anyone who’s lost weight and kept it off; having some kind of accountability is huge. It holds you responsible for your actions and inactions. You can do this on your own by keeping a habit tracker or journal, or you can hire it out and get a coach to support you and still keep you honest. (hey there friend ;) Either way, taking responsibility for your actions is a small way to start seeing changes now, and can even become a huge motivator!
Are you lazy when it comes to changing your diet? Are you my spirit animal? Which of these resonated with you the most? Leave a comment, and let me know.
P.S. I used a cat as the picture for this post, cause they’re just, the epitome of laziness.