Frequently, when I'm at a party, I am asked: "What's the secret for weight loss and good health?" Note: I added the "good health" part because most people care about losing weight.
Before I answer the question, I always preface it with this caveat: "Please, stop me if I am boring you to death."
I'm passionate about health and I realize most people do not want a long conversation about the subject. After they tell me that they really are interested in knowing, I go into my blah, blah, blah mode. Actually, I tell them that it can be explained with one concept and just two words.
After my brief explanation, here's a typical response: "I love French fries." Or. "I'm not giving up ___________." Fill in the blank.
To that I reply: "Good habits are as addictive as bad habits and a lot more rewarding."
Here's the scoop: To change a habit permanently takes between 30-120 days. And, the longer you are at it, the easier it gets.
Sure, I used to love French fries. Now that I have replaced 'em with equally delicious foods, I've divorced myself from them. Do I eat them on occasion? Absolutely. However, they don't taste so great anymore.
Making significant lifestyle changes does not have to be difficult. However, you must be very motivated. We do live in an environment and culture that pushes us toward bad food choices on a daily basis.
If you are looking to lose weight and gain health, I recommend that you identify a strong motivating factor.
Good luck and hold the ketchup - but that's another story.