Whether you’re a new year’s resolution kind of person or not, everyone tends to approach the new year as a fresh opportunity to change when they’re not happy with – most notably, getting their body in shape. “New Year, New You” is a common slogan with weight-loss products and services.
However, as I’ve discussed in several articles last year, most people set unreasonable expectations and therefore unattainable goals when it comes to their fitness. Everyone wants it to happen quickly, affordably, and without having to spend a lot of time actually exercising. Worse yet, there are still millions of adults who think they need to go on a diet. As all of you who have read my articles know, a diet implies temporary. Temporary changes to your nutrition will not result in a successful and permanent transformation of your body.
So how can you make this year’s attempt at fitness finally a success? First, you can stop trying to make it happen quickly. Your body didn’t get out of shape in a month, conversely it can’t get into shape in a month.
Next, your nutrition, or in plain English HOW AND WHAT YOU EAT (and when), must be a lifestyle change, i.e., permanent, for your body to stay healthy and lean. Please remember as I frequently rant, this does not mean you have to give up fun foods, comfort foods, sweets, alcohol, or any foods you’ve previously labeled as your “vices.” It simply means an overhaul to the ratio of clean, unprocessed foods in a balanced proportion (proteins, carbs and fats) consumed in small quantities on a regular basis.
Lastly, you have to deem exercise as a priority, and it MUST be scheduled on a weekly basis (by that I mean 3-5 times a week). As I have written on numerous occasions, exercise can be highly effective to your fat loss goals with as little as 30 minutes a day. Approaching your exercise schedule with the same level of commitment you approach responsibilities such as work or getting the kids to soccer practice is the key to making these necessary changes stick.
So for those of you who are set to make 2015 the year you reduce your waistline, tone those jiggly legs and arms, or lower your blood pressure, risk of diabetes and heart attack I offer these three simple mind-set alterations that will definitely help you finally succeed at having a New You in the New Year!
Once you’ve embraced them, feel free to contact me for more specific help with your fitness goals.