Health Watch -- A Fresh Start: Forming New Habits

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about reaching your weight loss goals. If you’ve promised yourself that you’re going to lose your holiday weight or those stubborn pounds that are hanging around, you probably won’t reach your goals by the end of January. Unfortunately, that’s when most people give up.

Dr. David Self, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says you have to work on new behaviors, like changing your eating habits or starting an exercise routine, long enough for them to become a habit. Once you’ve formed a habit, it will be easier to stick with these behaviors.

That means you’ll have to be especially diligent throughout January to stick to your new routines so they’ll become part of your life.

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January 2006

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