It’s the first week of the new year, and like you, we believe its a great opportunity to strive towards new goals and plans. Many of us will make a New Year’s resolution that is about our health. Perhaps you want to improve your diet, quit smoking or attend the gym more. But, what is the best way to remain consistent with such goals?
Psychologists state that we are more likely to succeed if we organise our resolutions into smaller goals that are measurable and specific. Beginning a diet with the aim of losing weight and improving health is a worthy goal, but it can become daunting. There are bound to be challenges with anything that you newly commence, especially when it involves something you do on a day-to-day basis, such as eating. However, as long as you maintain a positive attitude and make your New Years diet plan measurable and attainable, you’ll be ending the year looking and feeling exactly how you are envisioning!
Everyone’s goal for wanting to improve their diet is different, so here are some tips on setting your health goals.
- Make only one resolution. You are more likely to succeed at a goal when all your energy is focused on one thing.
- Don’t copy the crowd and follow a popular resolution. It is important to have a connection with your goal because your power of why is what will motivate you when you’re feeling as though you’re slacking. Instead, think about what you really want.
- Make a checklist of how achieving your health resolution will help you. This will keep you focused.
- Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal. For example, if you completed two weeks of consistent healthy eating, give yourself a cheat meal. This will help you remain motivated and give you a sense of progress.
- Expect to relapse to your old habits here and there. Treat any failure as a temporary setback which you will overcome, rather than a reason to give up altogether.
Here are some secrets from the masters who have successfully achieved their health goals with dieting. They remained consistent with it which is so important. After all, what good is it to achieve your health goals if you completely abandon it and go back to square one once achieved?
Follow a Healthy Eating Plan
A healthy eating plan should include plenty of healthy and unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, seafood, beans and nuts. These low-calorie foods will help you stick to your diet. Don’t worry if you are a vegetarian, or have allergies or intolerances. Your personalised diet may not include all of the recommended food groups, but it will give you a healthy amount go nutrients. We recommend that everyone takes a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement to fill in any nutritional gaps.
Take Small Steps
Change can be difficult. Making miniature, gradual changes in your eating habits is the best way to overhaul your diet. Some experts suggest making one change each week, to give you time to get used to the new behaviour. Your number one goal is to establish eating habits than you can maintain for a lifetime.
A good way to start is to stock up your kitchen (cupboards, refrigerators, etc) with healthy foods. Pick up a new cook cookbook that specialises in healthy cuisine.
Keep Track and Plan Your Meal
Successful healthy diet-eaters know how imperative it is to write down what and how much they eat. The simple act of documenting this down is a powerful method that can aid you in self-control.
Getting regular physical activity can seriously help you achieve your health goals. Exercise is a powerful tool that helps you burn calories and increase strength, endurance and balance, all while refocusing stress. We advise you to get some physical activity done in the morning so that it does not affect your busy days.
Know that the road ahead is not going to be a walk in the park, but with the correct positive mental attitude, specific plan and motivation, you will be successful. Best of luck!