Having a job in the fitness industry means that I am hyper-aware of the inevitability of unmet New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions, play a pretty significant role in keeping my business afloat. Any trainer will tell you that winter is always slow, but that right after the New Year rolls around, the clients come in droves. It basically makes us trainers feel like one of the Beatles.
Ok, maybe it’s not that extreme; even so, the influx of clients is a pretty stark contrast to the barren wasteland of leads that is December.
Funny thing is, I don’t know if I’ve heard of anyone ever actually keeping their resolution, myself included. Why this tradition is still around despite it being practically useless is beyond me.
The harsh truth is that you will probably be unsuccessful in your weight loss endeavors. This is simply the statistical probability.
The problem with New Year’s Resolutions isn’t a willpower deficiency, or not eating enough super foods, or your lack of beluga back fat tea. The problem is in your mind. You need a new approach and perspective, not a new diet.
Here are some ideas to cut you loose from your old approach.
Stop going big or going home
All or nothing. On plan or off plan. Good food or bad food. Perfect or not at all.
This is how most people view weight loss and is the MAIN reason why they fail. Only the Sith deal in absolutes.
For one, perfect doesn’t actually exist. Nutrition exists on a continuum rather than a T-chart. Foods lie somewhere along this continuum:
Junk:pizza, cake———————–pretty good:meat, veggies, fruit, fish, plants—————-perfect:?
When perfection is your only option you set yourself up for failure, disappointment, and self-sabotage. You don’t need to eat perfectly, you just need to eat somewhere around “pretty good” 80% of the time. Have the cupcake, just don’t have the whole dozen. And eat a salad for god’s sake.
Don’t wait until New Years!
This one always gets me. People sit around and wait, sometimes intentionally overeating because they “have to eat as much crap as possible now because I’ll be on a diet soon”, and then when new years comes along they need to drop the weight RIGHT NOW DAMMNIT!
How about this? Start right now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not on Jan 1st –right effing now.
Seriously. What is the point in waiting? The sooner you start, the sooner you will be at your goal weight.
ENJOY the process
Weight loss takes time, consistency and patience. Have a seat and enjoy the ride. Your plan will be more effective this way. We are more likely to do things we enjoy, so make a list of “pretty good” foods you like and eat a ton of those most of the time.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. Attempting to get it over with prematurely means you will gas out and finish in last place. Pace yourself, find a sustainable speed to run at, and breeze past the finish line like a champ.