As you can probably guess, ‘lose weight’ is frequently at the top of the most popular New Year’s resolutions list. Whether we want to lose a few pounds or several stone, many of us would like to make some changes to look and feel better about ourselves. But why, if this resolution is so popular, is it top of the list year after year – surely if people are reaching their goal its popularity would decrease? Sadly not – research shows that less than 10% of New Year’s resolutions are achieved each year, meaning many people don’t reach their ultimate goal of weight loss.
Why do so many weight loss resolutions fail?
To dig a little deeper into why so many weight loss attempts fail, we asked our members what their main reason for falling off the dieting wagon has been in the past. Here’s what we found:
These results show that there is no single definitive factor why people give up. There are many reasons and different ones can affect us at different times. The key is to identify your personal trigger so you can cope better next time and not be side tracked.
You can help yourself achieve this by embarking on your new lifestyle with realistic expectations and a positive mindset. You know yourself better than anybody, so you know what you’re likely to stick to and what you’re not. Set yourself achievable goals and accept that this is a lifelong lifestyle change – not a short term diet. If you think like this, you’ll be much more likely to stick with it, even when you have slip ups along the way.
To get you in the right mindset, I’ll be writing a weekly blog during January with helpful tips on how to combat each of the common reasons people give up – keep a look out each week.
But for now, here’s my top 5 tips for making a resolution you can stick to!
1. Set measurable goals
It’s important to set yourself specific goals to aim for – but these should also be measurable. So don’t just say, ‘I’m going to start exercising more’. Say, ‘I will go to the gym three times a week and do one swim, one spin class and one weights session’. This way you will have something very specific to aim for and to be proud of when you achieve it.
2. Don’t be unrealistic
Following on from number one, make sure the goals you set yourself are realistic. If you know you hate spinning, don’t set yourself a target to do it every week. If you know that making it to the gym 3 times a week will be hard to achieve every week, set yourself a lower target and anything above this will be a bonus. Setting unrealistic targets and not meeting them will not do much for your positive outlook.
3. Accept from the start there will be slip ups
It’s unrealistic to think you will embark on a new lifestyle and never have a setback. Things happen – life happens – so it’s important to set yourself up for that from the outset. Now this isn’t an excuse to fall off the wagon every week! But it’s realistic to expect that there will be times when you go off course a little, so be prepared for that and don’t allow it to completely derail you. Just get back on track when you can and you’ll still be on your way to reach your goal.
4. Find activities you enjoy
When it comes to getting more active, this doesn’t have to mean joining a gym, taking up running or doing strenuous home exercise DVDs. The trick is to find something you get some real enjoyment from. Go walking with a friend and catch up at the same time. Have a game of tennis or badminton with your partner for a bit of fun. Start a dancing class. Whatever it is, find something that you really like and focus on that. Don’t make it your mission to force yourself into activities you really don’t enjoy – you won’t keep it up.
5. Don’t go on a diet
What I mean by this is, don’t think of it as a diet. This is often associated with restriction and living off lettuce leaves. With Nutracheck there are no banned foods, and we advocate eating everything in moderation. If you fancy chocolate, then have a little. If you fancy some crisps, then have a few. The trick is not to overdo it, and to stick within your calories.
Just a note to leave you with! Although many New Year’s resolutions fail, the simple act of setting yourself a goal has been shown to significantly increase your chances of success. Being vague and not having anything specific to aim for tends to mean you’re less likely to stick to a strategy to get to where you want to be. So get thinking now about your New Year’s resolution, bearing in mind these tips!