3 Reasons Why Your New Years Fat Loss Resolution could be Failing
We are well into 2018 now and this is around the time we all start to struggle with our new year’s fat loss resolutions. Until now you have most likely managed to keep up your exercise regime and stay away from the chocolate doughnuts.
What makes us stop?
Lack of results
- Weekend millionaire syndrome– You eat great during the week and exercise every weekday but then it gets to the weekend. Your calorie intake per weekday may be around 2000 per day and then at the weekend it pops up a little … to around 4500 per day. Undoing all your hard fat loss work. Not to mention the lack of calories burned over the weekend due to inactivity.
- You track progress using the scales – Your bodyweight is constantly fluctuating. One day you may weight 2-3kg heavier. Have you put on extra fat in 1 day? No, but you still track progress using the scales. Don’t just rely on one method, take measurements of your waist, hips and limbs or take progress pictures.
- You are eating food that you don’t enjoy – it’s great that you want to add in lots of green vegetables, lean protein sources and drink litres of water to aid fat loss. But are you enjoying eating like this? Don’t you miss your favourite foods? Adding in some of your favourite foods could make your diet more sustainable, leading to greater weight loss over time.
- The gym isn’t your type of place – Some people love the gym, lifting weights and doing spin classes. That’s great if you are a gym lover. What if you only go to the gym because you think it’s the best way to get results, but you don’t really enjoy it. Maybe, you need to be doing something active and that you ENJOY. Football, walking, swimming, outdoor bodyweight circuits and cycling are all good options to help with fat loss.
- You’re trying to change the wrong thing – You may want to stop eating pizza on a Friday night. So you plan to order a salad, then it gets to 7 pm and the pizza delivery guy knocks on your door with your favourite pizza. You could be addressing the wrong problem. Maybe you order pizza because you are bored. Try doing something different on a Friday and see if that helps.
- Trying to change too much at the same time – Pick 1 habit and focus on changing that. Once you feel you have success then pick another one and work on adapting that habit.
These are just some of the things we have seen with our clients. We work with all of our clients to set goals, coach nutrition, and adapt their behaviours surrounding exercise and food.
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