From DJ Khaled to a psychology professor, we search for the definitive reasons resolutions fail and tell you how to keep them.
Are you ready to implement the positive changes you’ve been thinking about for 2017.
Great! But how do we stick to the plans we’ve made for weight loss, fitness and healthy habits and make those changes stay for the whole year and beyond?
Remember the saying you can’t do the same things the same way and expect different results? But that’s what many of us do when it comes to our goals around weight loss and behavior change.
We approach it the same way we did in the past and guess what? We get the same results.
New Year’s resolutions fade, we default back into familiar behavior patterns and once again we’re struggling with the same 10, 20, 40, 80 pounds or more. Frustrating isn’t it? There is a solution. There is nothing that can’t be accomplished without these three things
Correct mindset. Attitude is everything – believing that you can get there is the first step. I know this can be challenging when the memory of past failures lingers. If you’ve gained and lost multiple times, it can be difficult to overcome the tendency to apply the past to the present and create a self-fulfilling prophecy.
That’s why working with someone who can coach you through those thoughts on a consistent basis is so very important. Goal setting, visualization and reinforcement are all tools that, when used consistently and properly, can begin to overcome even the most stubborn habits.
Olympic athletes train this way for a reason. When you’re trying to tackle a long-standing weight issue you might feel like you’re in a type of Olympic event! Get a coach to be your support and help crystalize your vision and goals for yourself.
Personal nutritional analysis: Do you know if whether what and how you’re eating , even when you eat right, is really working for you? Are you getting the nutrients you need from your foods? Should you be taking supplements?
Did you know that with the right tools you can track what you eat everyday for nutritional value and total effect on your diet?
This is such valuable knowledge, not only for your weight loss efforts, but for your health as well. The key here is that as you become more aware of what you’re eating and how it is effecting you, you will naturally align yourself with a healthier pattern. It’s automatic.
Change the movement: Our bodies are such amazing machines. Our bodies are designed to adapt to whatever physical stressors we experience on a regular basis. This means that if you walk at 3 mph 3 days a week for 30 minutes, your body will become extremely proficient at walking at 3 mph for 30 minutes 3 times a week.
After a while, you will not get the same fitness benefit that you were getting when you started. If you continue you will not lose the benefit you’ve gained but you won’t go any further – do you see where I’m going with this?
You must change what you do to keep getting “training effects.” That’s why having a knowledgeable trainer and coach is equally important in this area as well, to make sure that the new challenges are safe and effective for you.
Don’t get in an exercise rut. And for those of you who’ve been on the couch, there is good news – its all new! It’s all different! So you will experience training effect immediately.
Keeping these three principles in mind will help you to really make your resolution be the last one of its kind.
The vast majority of people need help implementing these ideas. If you’re struggling alone you don’t have to. Get the help you need, and you will get there.
Joy Allison is a certified nutritionist and weight management consultant. Email email@example.com or call 732-614-2587 for a private appointment.