It is that time of year again, the time when TV commercials are taken over by the latest workout, weigh loss pill or ‘magic’ diet. The water cooler talk at work will be all about New Year’s Resolutions and most of which will be a distant memory by the time February rolls around.
As a nutritionist, I should love this time of year, but I do not (If I had a marketing department, they would not allow this post). People make unrealistic goals and set achievable expectations and it leads to failure. My goal is to teach people how to achieve their goals AND sustain them.
Here are some tips to help you reach the ‘New You’ in 2017.
The Only ‘Magic’ Diet is the One That Works for You
So, the lady in the cube next to you lost 30 pounds on Nutrisystem – fantastic!! But, you like to cook your own meals or you eat out regularly… this will not be your magic solution. Maybe, the guy at the gym got his perfect bod by cutting out all carbs. Great for him, but if you know that you can’t live without your morning toast then this will not work for you.
No one knows you better than YOU! Think about what types of foods you cannot live without or what types of nutrition plans have and have not worked before you decide to go all in on something.
If it Sounds Too Good to be True, it Probably is
Your computer, TV, and phone are going to be filled with guarantees to ‘Lose 10 pounds in 10 days’ or ‘Get Rid of Unwanted Fat in 15 Minutes.’ Research has shown that in order for weight loss to be sustainable, it should be slow and steady. A rule of thumb is 1-2 pounds per week however, if you’re diet has been ‘subpar’ leading up to your new program you may see larger drops the first couple of weeks. (In other words, if your last 6 meals have consisted of cookies, cakes, or pie; you may see a large loss out of the gate).
Set Small Workout Goals
If the laces on your running shoes are dry-rotted, it’s unrealistic to think that you’re going to run 6 days a week just because it’s January 1. Set a small goal, like 30 minutes of activity 3 days a week. Then start increasing the duration, days per week, etc. Otherwise, once you miss your second day of running you are going to throw in the towel because you’ve already ruined your resolution.
I am happy to help you find a nutrition plan that is right for you. My hope is to teach you about food and nutrition so you can finally get rid of the yearly ‘diet’ resolution. Contact me today and let’s talk about finding what’s right for you.