Welcome to 2020! Hello new beginnings and of course, goals for the new year. It’s no secret what the number one New Year’s resolution is…yup, weight loss. A research company found that approximately 1 in 5 New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight. This same company also found that weight loss was the most commonly failed resolution. Oh dear! Is this sounding familiar?
WHY DO WEIGHT LOSS RESOLUTIONS OFTEN FAIL?
- Motivation quickly wears off.
- It’s hard work and requires effort and planning.
- It takes a lot of self-discipline.
- Slow results often leave people feeling discouraged with their progress.
HERE ARE SOME POINTERS TO KEEPING WEIGHT LOSS ON TRACK FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR…
- Set REALISTIC goals. A weight loss of ½ to 1 kg a week is realistic. But if your weight loss is less than this, but on a steady downward trend, be proud of yourself! Any weight loss, in those who are overweight and obese, is good, and reduces your chances of diseases of lifestyle, cancers and skeletal problems.
- Have a partner or friend do it with you or keep you accountable. Sharing the challenge with someone is always a good motivation to keep going.
- What works for someone else, may not work for you. Everyone has different body types and genetic make-ups. Your friend or family member may find a specific way of eating really helps with weight loss, if you don’t have the same experience, try something different.
- If you know your motivation won’t last, rather set small goals, like changing 2 or 3 bad habits in the week, rather than changing everything and landing up quickly sliding back into old routines. Changing a couple of things, and making these changes last, is sometimes better than going all out for a couple of weeks and then going back to where you were before.
- Recognise bad habits. This is so important. If we recognise a certain behaviour as a bad habit, we can make the connection between feeling like we need to do something and knowing what we need to do. For example, if you know you get snacky at 3pm in the afternoon, and you usually grab crisps, sweets, or chocolates, be prepared to either not eat something at all, or come ready with a healthy snack alternative.
Weight loss isn’t the only goal relevant to nutrition. Setting food and lifestyle goals that benefit your health are important.
HERE ARE A FEW MORE IDEAS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO ADD TO YOUR LIST…
- Eat more vegetables
- Increase fibre intake
- Choose healthier take-outs
- Learn to cook
- Set a weekly menu
- Make lunch for work rather than buying
BY: Amy Hilliar – Registered Dietician
Contact Amy on email@example.com or 0793441090