Eight weeks, about 56 days. A lot can be achieved in such a time, but exactly to what extent is this change significant, rewarding and maintainable. Setting goals is important, we explored this in our Setting Goals for the New Year blog post.
Can you break a habit or form a new one?
There is often a focus of ‘Bad habits’ and breaking them, linking habitual behaviour with addiction. Why don’t we navigate towards a more positive idea in these 8 weeks – form a new healthy habit. When you set a new goal, you’re not likely to achieve it unless your habits support it. A study in The European Journal of Social Psychology found it took 66 days ‘exactly’ for a new behaviour to become automatic. In this study it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for a new habit to be formed. So, what can you do in 56 days? Well the chance to change behaviour and adopt a new habit is there, but at the very least you can get the ball rolling. A more manageable and quantifiable tool used to look at the process is the 21/90 method. Start with 21 days, or 3 weeks. At the end of 3 weeks, set out on your 90-day challenge. You have had the 3-week taster, now to form the habit should be much easier.
How much weight can I lose in 8 weeks?
Realistic, achievable and maintainable are all aspects of weight loss that need to be taken seriously. We know to burn 1 pound of fat (approx. 0.5 kg) we need to burn 3500 kCal. Which can be a massively daunting number. But when you look at it more closely and break it down day by day, it’s very achievable. Across a week if we have a safely obtained 500 kCal deficit, we are likely to see a 1 lb weight loss within a week. Now this can vary from day to day and individual to individual but is the best place to start. Therefore, over an 8 week period you have the ability to reduce your weight by over half a stone. This may sound moderate, and as mentioned everyone is different in terms of calorie needs, calories burned during exercise and the deficit that can be safely achieved. Want to know more? Read What is your kCal magic number?
How much stronger can I get in 8 weeks?….How much Healthier can I feel in 8 weeks?….How much time can I save in 8 weeks?
These are all changes that can be achieved in 8 weeks. Although the specifics on personal strength and feeling of wellbeing cannot be accurately quantified, from our experience we can really see positive results with clients within this relatively short space of time. One aspect that really shocks many people after 8 weeks, is how much time they have gained. It’s difficult to imagine, when all we’re used to is grocery shopping, meal prepping, storing and freezing, all to eventually enjoy a meal you have slaved over. In 8 weeks on average a person would visit the supermarket 8 times for no less than an hour, that combined with cooking and washing-up which surely would hit over an hour daily. To think we spend at least 64 hours on our food before enjoying it.
Take back your time and let GourmetFuel look after your meals. In 56 days, you will be on your way to a newly formed habit that has saved you hours in time, allowing you to focus more clearly on other goals!
Rebecca is a registered Associate Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition. She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition before achieving her Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition in Queen Margaret's University, Edinburgh.
Before joining the GourmetFuel team, Rebecca was a Nutrition & Allergen Menu Analyst. She is passionate about food and promoting 'real food' diets! She is also interested in Childhood and Elderly Nutrition.
For any kind of nutrition advice, you can reach Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org