Today, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of eating healthy and having a healthy lifestyle. Media and online sties today are full on info on the healthy lifestyle, the right kinds of food to eat, and whatever you need to know on achieving this kind of lifestyle. However, although many people desire to have this kind of life, a lot fail to achieve it. We have received plenty of warnings of eating high-calorie diets and engaging in harmful behaviors, yet we still eat these foods and engage in these behaviors. It seems that people who have set their heart at doing the right things have found themselves unable to attain their goals. What this shows us is that, for many people, it is a difficult task to achieve a healthy lifestyle and also the reason why sicknesses still prevail today. So, where does the problem lie?
The difficulty in adopting healthy behaviors lie in the psychological influence of gratification. We are people who are impatient to see results instead of waiting until we see one. People will choose an instant reward anytime if asked to decide between that or something that can be had in the future which is far better than the instant one. People can’t wait for a better reward in the future, and if there is something that they can get now, they will surely get it.
If you apply this to living a healthy lifestyle, you cannot really see its effects immediately, but you need to wait for a while for you to see the results in your body. You know that dieting and exercise is good for you if you are overweight, but then you will not attain the results immediately and when you think of the hunger that you will feel, or the tiredness of your body , and denying yourself of treats, then you immediately give up on your goals and be as you are. Because of the absence of immediate results, people stop dieting and exercising even though they know it is good for them. The failure of many people in achieving the healthy lifestyle is because of this.
The best solution to this problem is to apply the element of instant gratification to your health plan. We all have the ability to gain benefits from a healthy lifestyle and to lay aside instant gratification. Overcoming the problem of instant gratification can be done in several ways. You can try some methods to do this. It is possible to add a bit of instant gratification to your health plan. Just to give you motivation to help you achieve your health goals, you can reward yourself every time you achieve a goal on your healthy living plan. As you get used to your new habits, you can start reducing your rewards.
Rewarding yourself with food is a no-no. This can help you overcome the need for self gratification.