This week Donegal Daily’s fitness guru Emmet Rushe tells us five reasons why are New Year’s resolutions tend to fail.
We are at the end of the second week of 2019. By the end of next weekend, 80% od ALL January resolutions will have failed.
By the end of 2019, only 8% of people who made a resolution will actually have achieved it.
The statistics may seem shocking, but when you think about how people plan to lose weight in January, it is hardly surprising.
Below are the five main reasons your January resolutions will fail and what you can do about this.
- You Picked the worst Diet/Detox/Cleanse plan you could Find.
Just like last January and the many January’s before that, you went out and picked the worst, most unsustainable diet you could find. Simply because it promised the most amount of weight lossIf you think that the harder it is, the more weight you will lose, you are both right and wrong.
If the diet is extreme, you will lose loads of weight in the first two weeks.
Then, like every other year, you will break after week two and binge your way back to your original weight plus 10 pounds extra.
There comes a point, where you need to realise that these things aren’t working for you and are actually making you fatter.
A sustainable diet plan that gives 1-2 pounds per week is what you should be aiming for.
- You have gone from doing ZERO exercise to exercising every day!
While being active is extremely important for your health and wellbeing, like everything else, you need to be sensible with it.
Going from doing minimal to no exercise last year, to trying to do everything at once in the first two weeks of January is a really bad idea.
You have now drastically cut your calorie and energy intake, while drastically increasing your activity levels and energy output.
This is a perfect combination for burnout and falling off the plan as fast as you have started it.
Instead, try starting with 2-3 sessions per week, with some light walks on the days in-between. You will be more likely to keep this up and recover better from your sessions.
- You have set your weight loss goals too high.
People seem to think that anything less than half a stone per week is a failure when it comes to dieting.
The reason is this.
You have done extreme diets like mentioned above before.
You lost half a stone in week one and that is all you remember from it.
You forgot that you ‘only’ lost two pounds in week two and saw this as a failure and a reason to give up.
This then led to you gaining back more weight than you lost.
7lbs week 1 + 2lbs week 2 = 9lbs lost.
But 9 lbs gained back the next 2 weeks.
Monthly weight loss = 0lbs
If you had aimed for 2lbs each week and stuck to it.
2lbs per week X 4 weeks = 8lbs lost with no weight gained back.
Sometimes you need to aim low in order to win big.
- You are still eating the Christmas Leftovers.Seriously, you need to throw them out.
Eating all the leftover chocolates, pringles, Christmas cake etc is NOT the way to get rid of them.
The Irish thinking that you ‘can’t waste food because of the famine’ is long gone.
You aren’t starving, so use that great invention called the bin and throw them all out.
- You blame everything and everyone for why you can’t lose weight.
You refuse to admit that extreme diets don’t work.
You refuse to admit that fat burners don’t work
You refuse to admit that you eat too much junk.
You refuse to admit that you drink too much alcohol and calorie-laden drinks.
You refuse to admit that you eat your weekly calories every weekend and cancel out all your hard work from during the week.
You refuse to admit that the reason you can’t lose weight is that of YOU!
This is the hardest lesson most need to learn.
But it is one of the most important.
It’s not your metabolism.
It’s not gluten.
It’s not carbs.
It’s not Insulin
It’s that you consistently eat too many calories on a daily or weekly basis.
Until you realise and admit this and take action to stop it, you will never lose weight long term.
These are the most common reasons that I see time and time again as to why January resolutions fail, and people find it hard to stick to any diet long term.
If you want to make a real change in 2019, you need to tackle the issues above and adjust your plan to make sure you have every chance for success.
If you would like the help and support to achieve success this year, we do all this in our NEW LEAN IN 2019 program.
We had members lose over 4 stone in 2018 and they were supported every step of the way.
If you want to know how to make a real difference in 2019, have a look at our Lean in 2019 program where you can train with us in our fully equipped and modern gym AND get the results you deserve this year.
* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness