Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions this year? Good luck! According to a study over a 200-year period, less than 20% of people have actually followed through on their resolutions. That’s not the greatest batting average. Less than one out of five. However, on the other hand, it was found that those who set goals for themselves enacted positive change during the new year, even if they ultimately fell short of the initial goal.
Some of the most common resolutions have to do with diet and weight loss. It is why you see such a rise in gym memberships (and attendance) at the beginning of the year. Though, given the 1 out of 5 referenced above, it isn’t long until those gyms go back to their normal attendance.
If you are setting diet goals this year with your resolutions – great! Positive thinking is wonderful. However, be careful of falling into some of the pitfalls I list below.
Diet Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make
Here are a few of the most common resolutions related to diet, and why you should avoid making these a priority in the new year.
Lose X Number of Pounds
It is common that you’ll hear someone say they want to lose 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 20 pounds, or whatever the number may be. While these are great goals and give you something to work towards, be mindful that your weight fluctuates based on a lot of factors. Hormones, stress, body composition (fat versus muscle) all go into what makes up your weight.
While it is a good goal to lose weight, focus on the process instead. The goal should be getting healthier, shedding fat, and maintaining lean muscle mass. The end result will be a much healthier body with a lower fat composition, whatever that weight may be.
Going Keto on January 1
The Keto Diet is one of the biggest diet fads of the last year or so, and many have resolved to start with this diet beginning on January 1st.
However, this diet requires a dramatic change in your body’s processes. It doesn’t just happen overnight. It requires an entire lifestyle change.
Your diet will dramatically change. Of course, the end result is burning more fat by eating fewer carbs. However, don’t think that you can just jump right into it. Instead, make smaller, more incremental changes to your diet and ease yourself into it. If you jump right in, you will find it too much of an adjustment and increase your chances of quitting.
Abstaining From Alcohol in January
It is a noble goal to go dry for a month, but it is a lot of pressure. The focus should instead be on a healthier lifestyle and making a longer-term habit of consuming less alcohol. By setting a time period of just January, after all that holiday binging, it compartmentalizes it into a short-term change and you’re more likely to go back to your old ways come February. Instead, make a goal to reduce your alcohol intake, and make it part of your lifestyle beyond just the first month of the year.