Alright, it is almost New Year’s and I’m sure everyone is asking what your New Year’s Resolution is, or maybe you know of the statistic that only 8% of people who set resolutions actually reach them and you’re not even bothering because you don’t want to be that other 92% being left feeling like a bit of a failure??
So, am I saying not to make goals? Absolutely not. Instead, I am going to give some Do’s and Don’ts of New Year’s Resolutions to keep you from wasting your time with the gimmicks and make sure you are doing things that will create lasting, healthy habits that turn into BIG results!
1. DO NOT crash diet. I repeat, DO NOT crash diet.
A crash diet in my mind is something that is not maintainable. Something that you can only do for 6-8 weeks because it is so extreme that it is impossible to do long-term (i.e. extreme calorie deficits, detoxes – see next point, removing an entire food group, meal replacement shakes, etc.).
Most people can crash diet for 4-6 weeks, but the problem with crash diets is that they leave us feeling so deprived, that we struggle to stay motivated after this time-frame and then we tend to gain that weight right back.
2. DON’T Detox (Detox Naturally Instead)
Rather than doing a juice cleanse where you drink blended celery and spinach for every meal for 3 days (which really doesn’t ‘cleanse’ much of anything at all), instead focus on things that can naturally heal your gut and reset the body. These include:
*Eating a diet of whole, unprocessed foods. Nothing in packages, only foods that are fresh (or frozen like plain veggies or fruit). Include all food groups too – healthy proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
*Drinking LOTS of water. Minimum ½ your body-weight in ounces per day.
*Eat every 3-4 hours to make sure you are getting in adequate calories and not starving your body like many detoxes do.
*Try a greens powder, or work on getting in 3-4 cups of greens a day at meals to help with antioxidant intake.
3. DO Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals –
Make goals each week that are:
*Specific (I like the S to stand for SMALL too)
When we make goals like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to run more” – these are so non-specific that it is hard to really know if we achieved them or not! And we don’t have a timeline on them so we don’t really stay motivated to them. Pick things that are within your control! Some good examples are:
*I am going to eat 3 cups of vegetables every day this week.