CHANGE AND OBJECTIVES
At this time of year conducive to reflecting on the past and setting goals for the future, many people decide to change their lifestyle. The change is not linear, but goes through cycles. The transtheoretical model of change describes it in 6 phases:
1- Pre-contemplation: there is no intention to change behavior in the near future. There may be lack of awareness of the consequences of behavior and demoralization after failed attempts to change behavior. Avoid reading, talking or thinking about the behavior;
2 - Contemplation: there is awareness of the problem and willingness to change, but there is still no commitment to act. There is a recognition of the advantages of the change, but also of the disadvantages. This ambivalence can lead to chronic contemplation;
3 – Preparation: there is an intention to act in the immediate future. Some measures may have already been taken, albeit without success;
4 – Action: there is a change in behavior, experiences and notorious environment and there is a commitment in time and energy;
5 – Maintenance: the new behavior has been maintained for at least 6 months and there is dedication to consolidating the gains achieved in the action phase. There is work to prevent a relapse, but they apply change processes less frequently than in the previous phase;
6 – Termination: the change process is complete and no more work is needed to prevent a relapse. The new behavior has become a habit and there is complete confidence that high risk situations will not lead to a relapse.
It is important to determine which stage of change you are in to be able to define your goals and decide on the most appropriate strategies. In any of the phases, working together with the nutritionist makes it possible to identify barriers to change, find solutions and stimulate motivation. What are you waiting for? Come and discover the nutrition service and achieve the change you want!
Mariana Marta, Nutritionist 4171N