New Year, New You - Weight loss Resolutions

Diva - 28 Jan 22

If you’re looking for the ‘New Year, New You’ mindset, you’re not alone. But keeping a resolution is much harder than making one. 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail because of improper mindset and planning. But you can keep your resolution for this New year!

Why Do Resolutions to Lose Weight Fail

Lack of Planning

Losing weight means changing up your routine. Whether you’re cooking healthier foods at home or heading to the gym, it’s important to have a plan. Schedule time for meal planning, cooking, working out at home, or attending fitness classes at the gym.

Lack of Motivation

If you’re going to succeed, you need to have motivation. If you make weight loss your resolution, just because you feel like it ‘should be’, you won’t have the commitment to follow through. Think about why you want to lose weight. Maybe you want to have more energy to play with your kids, or be in better shape for hiking on your next vacation. Find something that motivates you. And keep a positive journal of why you are starting this journey.

Lack of Support

Sharing your resolution can help you stay on track. Having a partner to hold you accountable and to help you through your journey is a lot easier especially if they are motivated to walk this path with you. FInding a gym buddy can help increase your fitness class attendance. Even if you want to sleep in, you won’t want to leave your friend alone at the gym either. Look for someone who shares your resolution and work towards your goals together.

Unrealistic Goals

Setting unrealistic goals can set you up for disappointment and failure, and it isn’t healthy. Make a clear schedule of what goals you would like to achieve, for example - "I am going to lose 40 kilograms in a month" this is not a realistic goal, as you did not accumulate this amount of weight in a month's time. But putting a goal as a starting point like "I am going to lose 2-3killograms a week untill I reach my ideal weight" is more realistic.

Poor Recovering After a Setback

Sometimes one slip up, like skipping the gym for a day or eating a brownie at work, can derail an entire resolution. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Everyone makes mistakes and changing your lifestyle is hard. Focus on getting back on track the next day instead of giving up.

Having a Vague Resolution

Deciding on a resolution to “lose weight” should just be the start of your planning. Creating a more specific resolution, such as ‘lose X amount of kilograms in X amount of weeks’, will allow you to track your progress and know when you’ve achieved your goals.

10 Nutrition Tips for Keeping your New Year’s Resolution

Most weight loss comes from decreasing your caloric intake rather than exercise, change your diet by making healthier food choices. But also incorporate an exercise regimen to help you reach your goals.

1.Track what you eat using an app or a journal to keep yourself accountable

2.Find out what drives you to eat (stress, anxiety, sadness, using food as a reward when you feel happy…) and find something else to do instead. Take a walk or call a friend and you have successfully made a different choice (just don’t use food as a reward) you are not a dog.

3.Limit added sugars (sugars in cookies, cakes, etc. not the naturally occurring sugars in fruit)

4.Cut out liquid calories like alcohol, soda, and juice and drink water instead

5.Choose whole grain breads and poridges

6.Eat more frequently, have 5-6 mini meals instead of 3 large meals (and don’t skip breakfast)

7.Include lean protein (fish, lean meat, poultry, nuts, beans, and more)

8.Choose carbs that are low on the glycemic index (asparagus is much lower than a potato)

9.Eat more fiber to help you feel full (foods high in fiber include artichokes, green peas, lentils, broccoli, and lima beans)

10.Enjoy small amounts of good fat (found in fish, nuts, seeds, avo and olive oil)

Remember why you started this journey and you will prevail!
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