In her article, “Weight Loss Resolutions” Sarah Z Wexler explains that losing weight is the most common New Year’s Resolution, according to University of Scranton Survey. According to the survey, only 8% of people achieve that very goal.
Ms. Wexler further states that according to Alexandra Jamieson, author of “Women, Food, and Desire” it is actually not in our best interest to try to lose weight during winter months as our bodies naturally want to keep weight on to protect us.
Another study reports that 6 months after New Year’s, only 46% who made these type of New Year’s Resolutions felt successful (Journal of Clinical Psychology).
So what can we do not to sabotage ourselves?
In my clinical practice, I work with clients who are often depressed, lonely, and anxious. Food is many time a temporary solution when they feel any negative emotions, including being bored or lonely, anxious, angry, or depressed.
Many of my clients need to learn about healthier coping skills
In addition to healthier coping skills, we need to set SMART goals.
This stands for specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic and timely goals.
Let’s use an example that someone’s goal is to lose 20 lbs. Many times people get discouraged as they do not set realistic goals and then give up.
Instead of a timeframe to lose those lbs. in 3 months, it is generally recommended to lose about 1-2 lbs. a week and do an action step daily. For example, going to the gym or exercising at home for 20 minutes 3 times a week. Key is that we reach heart rate that will help us burn the fat and just walking will not cut it. In addition to that, you need to start making changes in your diet slowly. Again, many times people start a strict diet and they are doomed for failure. More realistic goal would be to start eating ONE healthy meal a day such as salad with protein.
However, the MOST IMPORTANT thing of all is your mindset and our emotions. If we feel worthless, unattractive, and a failure even the best exercise program or healthy diet will sabotage your success. In my clinical practice I utilize top behavioral techniques such as NLP/hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Technique. (to read more please go to my website http://www.naturalstressmanagement.com
I suggest you keep a daily exercise, diet, and mood journal. Research shows that by writing things down we are more aware of our habits.
Wishing you prosperous, healthy, and happy New Year 2016.
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