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Cape Town – How long does it take to break a bad habit and replace it with a good one?After much research, I’ve realised there is no one-size-fits-all answer, but there are tried and trusted strategies that can help to get us on to the path to success.

While I have done – and occasionally still do – timed challenges related to exercise or nutrition, I believe it’s important to think of positive lifestyle changes as permanent fixtures in our lives, rather than short-term changes implemented to help us reach a particular goal.

So, for example, rather than thinking of exercise or healthy eating as something you’ll do only until you reach your fitness or weight loss goal, think of it as something you’re including in your daily routine to improve the overall quality of the rest of your life. Because the reality is that once you’ve reached your goals, you’ll want to maintain them and the only way to do this is to continue implementing the changed behaviour that enabled you to achieve what you aimed for.

One of the most valuable workshops I attended last year was one on motivational interviewing, presented by Dr Chris Kresser at Paleo f(x), an international gathering of the Paleo community, which is hosted in Austin, Texas, every year.