Using Metacognition to Transform Habits

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Your body transformation is a personal journey to better health and confidence. But there’s often one thing that creates many obstacles to a successful body transformation: habits.

That’s right, even the smallest habits can make or break your journey. Habits are seemingly small, but they propel us through the day. What you eat for breakfast, when you eat, how you prepare for the day, those are all habits, and your body transformation journey is all about incorporating new positive habits.

But old habits are incredibly hard to break. It’s why so many people struggle to stop smoking or eating dessert after every meal. Habits are so challenging to transform because they become automatic. Once you’ve created a habit, you no longer need to choose to engage in it each time.

That’s where the power of metacognition comes into play, metacognition is the key to
transforming habits.

But what is metacognition and how does it impact habits?

What is Metacognition?

The most basic, fundamental definition of metacognition is “thinking about thinking.” Metacognition involves an awareness of your cognitive processes and typically leads to a conscious attempt to control them. Metacognition involves understanding how we think and why we think that way. There are three self-assessment skills involved in metacognition:

Self-Reflection and Metacognition

At its core, metacognition is about self-reflection. Experiences are certainly helpful, but they only reach their true potential when combined with reflective thinking. We must be able to evaluate our experience and extract meaning from them. Metacognition is a self-reflection that helps us find meaning in our experiences.

Why Metacognition Enhances Habit Transformation

Why Metacognition Enhances Habit Transformation

The goal of your body transformation is to change your behavior in a way that supports your fitness and health goals. Long-term behavior change is incredibly challenging. You have several habits that influence your actions. Some may be helpful, but others may limit your performance. Once you’re set in your habits, it’s very hard to make a change.

Changing some of those deeply rooted habits is essential for your body transformation. Metacognition is very important for changing habits. Using metacognition, you can take control of your thoughts and cognitive processes, and that’s the key to habit changes. Instead of letting habits subconsciously control you, you can use metacognition to evaluate your actions, thoughts, and mental processes.

Developing Metacognitive Skills

Metacognition is important for changing habits and succeeding in your body transformation. Of course, it’s not as simple as snapping your fingers and having excellent metacognitive skills. Like most skills, metacognition must be cultivated. It takes time and sustained effort to build metacognitive processes. Some ways to help you improve your metacognition include:

Incorporate Metacognition Into Your Body Transformation

A successful body transformation incorporates and cultivates metacognition. To change your health habits, you need to reflect on your thoughts and monitor your decisions. JOC will help you live your best life after 40 and reach your fitness goals. Our proven body transformation programs include several elements that will help you foster metacognition, like check-ins with a certified trainer and resources for journaling. To learn more about our body transformation programs or to get started today, CLICK HERE.

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