It’s the new year. And over the past few weeks, you’ve been hearing and seeing a whole lot of ads geared toward New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s a gym special, a diet program special, or gentle reminders that a new year means a new you for your weight, sleep habits, or money-saving habits, the message will be loud and clear. But not all approaches are created equal, especially when it comes to New Year’s resolution diets.
While making a New Year’s resolution is a great way to make a positive change in your life, it also sets you up for a whole lot of failure.
According to Statistic Brain Institute, in reference to New Year’s resolutions for 2017, the percent of people who felt they were successful in achieving their resolution was 9.2 percent, infrequent success was 48.4 percent, and the percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 42.4 percent. That’s pretty grim.
The second biggest resolution, according to the data, was weight loss. Whether that’s working out, dieting, or a combination, the statistics show that it’s more likely than not that your 2018 resolution is going to plummet. But why?
If you set the intention, you know that it’s something you want to do. And what a great goal to have: to give your body the love it deserves by eating well and exercising often. the problem surrounding the connection between New Year’s resolution diets and failure is pretty simple, actually.
If it takes all of that hype to get you going, you’re simply not sustaining yourself. Outside-in solutions like dieting and joining the gym fail because they have very little to do with a game plan. They offer promise on the enamor that is the New Year alone, and not the gift that the entire year, and your life, is in general.
Essentially, the grander scheme is put in the backseat, and the diet pills, programs, and gym memberships are put in the forefront, only long enough for you to get sick of them. A first-month special is just long enough for you to lose a bit of weight, feel good, and then kick the full-price membership to the curb.
While you may believe the Pilates class will inspire you, and the no-carb challenge will motivate you, the reality is the only real motivator is yourself. So when the enamor fades, if you haven’t put your mind into it, you will end up taking up the habits that feel like home; like you.
You can see the effect of change in other parts of your life outside of dieting. Taking a pill alone for your anxiety isn’t going to be enough if you’re not mindfully open to the idea; if you don’t admit you are putting yourself in anxiety-inducing situations.
What it all comes down to, be it New Year’s resolutions or your mental wellbeing, is self-discipline. Having that alone will allow you to welcome the discomfort not as an obstacle, but as a sign that you have committed to becoming a better version of yourself.
There are a few important tips that will help you to restructure how you approach your New Year’s resolutions. Tied in with helpful SkinnyMs. recipe ideas and workout tips, let this bit of advice serve as a guid for getting in gear all year and beyond, not just the month of January.