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Are you trying to develop a lasting health or other habit? Self-monitoring is an essential  tactic.

While there’s no single answer to health behaviour change, there are some essential ingredients you don’t want to leave out. One is learning how to be accountable to yourself.

Research conducted at the University College London pulled together 100 different studies on healthy eating and physical activity. In total, the study analysed the experience of 50,000 people attempting to adopt healthier behaviours. A wide range of techniques were tested to try and get people to eat more healthily and exercise more, including encouragement, training in time management and warning about the dangers of unhealthy behaviours.

Of all the 26 types of techniques studied, one really stood out – self-monitoring.

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