Have you ever tried to lose weight? It’s not always easy. We’re creatures of habit. In order to make change stick, we have to change our habits. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. Sometimes, little things can add up. Consider sugar. You don’t have to delete it completely from your diet. Change can be as easy as one less teaspoon of sugar a day.
For years, I drank coffee every morning. Now I drink green tea with honey most days. I still drink coffee once or twice a week, but I drink it black. Until about 9 months ago, I drank my daily coffee with two sugars and a half an inch of half & half.
Let’s Break It Down
- 1 teaspoon of sugar = 16 calories
- 1 cup of half & half = 315 calories
That means I was getting about 30 calories in sugar, and about 40 calories in half and half, every day. That’s 70 calories of extra fat per day. See how easy that adds up?
- 70 calories x 365 days = 25,550 calories
- 2000 calories x 14 days = 28,000 calories
25,500 calories is almost two weeks worth of my recommended calorie intake. Crazy, huh? It was that easy to add that many calories to my diet. But guess what? It was also that easy to subtract 25,550 calories from my diet. I simply started drinking my coffee black.
Sometimes Change Is Easy
Sometimes change is easier than we think. We just have to break things down into smaller pieces. Writing a book, for instance. For some, that might seem like an impossible task. But when you break it down, it’s as easy as one less teaspoon of sugar a day.
Let’s Do The Math.
- Average book length = 50,000 words
- Daily writing goal = 2000 words
- 2000 words x 25 days = 1 book
Based on this equation, one should be able to write a rough draft of a book in less than a month. See. It’s easy.
Let’s apply a similar approach to exercise. Let’s say you’d like to start walking three miles a day, but you’re out of shape. What if you start with a half mile per day for the first week, then simply add another half mile each week thereafter? Presto. You’ll be walking three miles a day in just six weeks.
This Easy Method Can Work With Anything
You name it and you can do it!
Forming new habits can be hard. But if you learn the secret of breaking big things into little pieces, it’s easy. It’s as easy as one less teaspoon of sugar a day.
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