Why Diets DON’T Work…Advice for the New Year

It’s almost New Year’s Eve…time to get those resolutions in line. One of the most popular resolutions that people make every year is to lose weight. Most of those people start the year on some crazy, incredibly restrictive diet and exercise regiment that is not feasible to maintain long-term. While you may achieve temporary short term results with a diet, you will not see long term results unless you are able to commit to a long-term lifestyle change.

When determining if a program is right for you, you need to look at is as something you can commit to long term. Will you be able to live the rest of your life eating nothing but cottage cheese and grapefruit? Will you be able to commit to going to the gym 6 days a week for 2 hours at a time? For the rest of your life??? If the answer is no, then the program is not the right fit for you. Overly restrictive diets eventually lead to the feeling of deprivation which leads to a feeling of overwhelm, and that is when the tables turn. You will likely go on a binge that will cause you not only to gain back everything you have lost, but in fact, gain even more.

To achieve long term, sustainable success, your program needs to be something that you consider a realistic lifestyle change. By changing your mindset and habits with smaller, more manageable goals, you can set yourself up for success. Your nutrition and diet plan should create a healthy balance between clean living with some wiggle room for indulgence on occasion. There are many diet and exercise plans in the market, and different plans will work effectively for different people long term. Before committing to a program in 2016, do your research and determine if the program you are considering is really a good fit for you as a long-term lifestyle change.

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