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Molokai Fitness: My Secret Diet?

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By Ayda Ersoy

I keep hearing that everyone all over Molokai is trying the 21-Day diet. Awesome! That means you are already aware that you need to change something, and you are trying hard. Is 21 days the magical number that you need to create a new eating habit? Enough people keep saying this, so of course, everyone is starting to believe.

Let’s look a little at how changing habits really works. In the 1960s, a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz did research, and noticed on himself, that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. His book Psycho Cybernetics went on to sell 30 million copies!

But is that true for everyone? How long does it really take to form a new habit?

Recent studies show that small changes actually take about two months. If you want to set honest and realistic expectations for yourself, then the reality is that it will likely take you between from two months to eight months, not 21 days. You need to commit to the system, and you need to really believe that it will work. Forget the number of days and focus instead on doing your work, and your progress. Keep your weight down, yes, but it’s so much more important to be healthy for your whole life than just temporarily losing weight.

Here’s a sample meal plan for you, to help you take the first step! If you have any health issues then of course do check with your physician first.

Meal 1:            4 egg whites,1 whole egg
2 slices 100 percent whole wheat bread

Meal 2:            1 apple or 1/2 papaya
1 pack plain oatmeal

Meal 3:            4 oz lean chicken or other protein source
Green salads or veggies with 1 tablespoon olive oil

Meal 4:            3/4 cup of Greek yoghurt
15 raw almonds

Meal 5:            4 oz fish
1/2 cup of sweet potatoes
2 serving green salads or veggies with 1 tablespoon olive oil

Meal 6:             1/2 cup cottage cheese or other protein source

Drink lots of water, and pay attention to your hunger level. If you’re not hungry, don’t force yourself to eat. Make sure that you listen to your body; which nutrition plan you are on is not so important, instead just listen to your body and see this journey as a learning opportunity.

Stay healthy permanently!

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