The Right Way To Start A Diet

(BlackDoctor.org) — Ever start a diet or workout routine with so much enthusiasm…only to have your motivation disappear overnight?

Research shows that a quarter of weight-loss plans fall by the wayside within two weeks. On the other hand, stick it out for a month and your odds of success skyrocket.

“Doing something for 30 days ingrains and strengthens the brain’s neural pathways, so you’re likely to keep that behavior going on autopilot,” says Lawrence Perlmuter, PhD, a professor of psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.

Here are some doable tips to help you survive the first crucial month of a healthy-lifestyle makeover without losing your inspiration.

1. Take smaller steps.

Trying to do too much too soon can sabotage even the best-laid weight-loss plans.