Habit change hack: Replace, don’t remove

Oz Chen
2 min readFeb 14, 2022

Whenever I want to change my behavior, I try to remember this rule:

Replacing something is psychologically easier than just removing it.

Example: I eat an ungodly amount of nuts. If you give me almonds, cashews, or pecans I’ll snack on them all day unconsciously. Nuts are generally healthy, but are domino foods — easy to oversnack on and gain excess fat.