Welcome to 2020! As we usher in another year, we are reminded that the month of January tends to bring with it the age-old idea of making resolutions for the new year. The good news is that resolutions don’t work. That’s right, it’s GOOD NEWS – so you don’t need to stress out about making one and sticking to it! A resolution is simply an unrealistic goal you set for yourself. These types of goals are not achievable as they tend to be too broad of a goal. What you can do as you ring in the new year, is to come up with a new approach with a new way of thinking so you can face the new year by breaking your old thinking patterns.
Tis’ the season for overeating! Celebrations filled with fun, friends and joy also tend to bring an overabundance of food. Whether at the neighbors, the office or a holiday party, everywhere we look it is food. As challenging as it is to not overindulge and lose control, there is reason to hope this season. Staying in control is not hard if you have the tools that can help make it happen. In my holiday toolbox, I always keep some basic goals and rules.
We all “fall” for the grandeur of fall. The foliage, the pumpkins, the cornstalks and the apples. Then, there is the pumpkin pie, the apple pie and the cider donuts with a Thanksgiving feast right around the corner. While you can still fall for the beauty of the season and all it has to offer, you don’t have to fall for your sabotaging thoughts! If you can begin to look at how your thoughts are negatively impacting your weight loss and overall wellness and health goals this season, you can get ahead of the game this time of the year and learn how to eat responsibly by altering your decision making.
Diets don’t work! You’ve heard this for a while now. However, weight loss companies and diet pushers have changed their tactic a little and have found a way for you to buy into a new type of weight loss strategy. I’m sure all kinds of shiny new diets are popping up right now on your FaceBook or Instagram feed. “Go Low Carb,” “Choose Paleo for weight loss,” “Lose weight with Keto.” The fact of the matter is none of these strategies actually work.
Before we talk about why diets don’t work, we must define what “work” means. For most people a diet that “works” is a diet that you will lose enough weight to reach your “goal weight” (what a is a goal weight is a topic for another time) and stay there for the rest of your life. Oh, and for most people, this diet should be easy to adhere to. Sound about right? Although most diets can help you lose weight, it is almost never enough weight and that weight loss is not sustainable (in fact, one often gains back more weight than they lost). This is true no matter which diet you try. There is absolutely no evidence that a particular kind of diet is more effective than any other. Low carb is no more effective than low fat, etc.
Whether you have gone down the diet path or not, there is no need to ever go there. Diets just don’t work. Losing weight and becoming healthy is not about the food and what you eat, but more about your thoughts. Just eating less is not the quick solution, but thinking differently about how you eat will transform your body and mind into a healthier and happier version of you.
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