5 Reasons Your Health Or Weight Loss Resolutions Don't Last
Updated: Dec 31, 2022
And what to do about them!
How often do you make New Year's resolutions - but give up before the end of the month? (You're not alone! Research has found that only 36% of people keep going into February. And that number continues to dwindle as the weeks progress.)
Many people make resolutions around eating more healthily or losing weight. They want to feel healthier, to reclaim their energy and vitality, to look and feel their best.
Even though they may really want this, it often turns out to be hard to sustain. But it doesn't have to be so difficult. Understanding why your resolutions don't last, empowers you to do it differently and set yourself up for success.
#1 Your goal is a big leap from where you are currently and you don't put in place stepping stones to get there.
If you make a lot of changes at once, it can be hard to keep them all going. Breaking your goal down into smaller achievable steps can help you reach your end goal. Each step starts to become a habit enabling you to focus on the next step.
#2 You don't address the root cause of your cravings or urge to reach for unhealthy foods.
If you have to rely on willpower to eat healthily, it may work for a while but is unlikely to succeed long term. When you bring your body into balance, your cravings for unhealthy foods diminish, making it easier to make healthy choices.
#3 When our focus is on losing weight, we often have a win-lose mindset, which ultimately we lose.
If it doesn't go perfectly, we feel we've blown it and failed, so we give up. It helps, instead, to focus on health and changing the balance of what you eat to healthier options.
#4 Many people need some accountability to keep going.
Sometimes it can be hard to maintain your motivation to keep going and easy to slip back into old habits. Share your goals with a friend or find someone to check in with on a regular basis to help you stay on track.
#5 You feel deprived because you cut out foods you love or feel you need.
It's important to find a healthy way of eating that you enjoy, that works for you. If it feels like you are depriving yourself its going to be hard to stick to it. It can help to find healthier alternatives that still give you what you feel you need without disrupting your body and making you gain weight.
Have you tried to eat healthily or lose weight before, but given up?
Maybe it became hard to keep up the motivation; or cravings knocked you off track. Or maybe you didn't know what steps to make when.
Would you like help making changes that work for you? That stop the cravings and urge to overeat. That set up the conditions in your body for lasting weight loss.
Are you ready to make 2023 the year that you stop dieting and lose weight for good? To rebalance your body so you always look and feel your best? How would that change your life?
Book a Discovery Call to see if The Body Effect Experience (for women) is a good fit for you and to explore working together.