January 1st has come and gone. Have your resolutions?
Losing weight is at top of list of most of our resolutions. What does this mean to you exactly though? Losing weight can include dieting. Dietician Abigail Wilson, the chief executive of ISOShealth.com, says that on average the people she sees committing to new year diets only last a matter of weeks, and trying to do too much too quickly is to blame: “These diets are just that, they are diets, but they are not behavioural change and do not last for very long. The diets you choose need to be able to fit within your lifestyle. They need to be something that is realistic. It’s taken 10 years to get where you are with your weight, you’re not going to be able to fix it in five weeks.”
Have you thought about losing weight as behavioural? That there is a pattern to everything you do? If you in fact want to lose weight but you like to stay home and watch movies on Friday night with a big bowl of buttered popcorn and a soda it will be a good idea to change that behaviour. Just sitting down and watching a movie on Friday night will trigger the desire to eat the popcorn with the can of soda. So, how do you change this behaviour. You can simply stop watching movies that night, but doesn’t that seem extreme? And if we want to stay within the suggestions of Dietician Abigail Wilson, then how about on Friday movie night, you have half a bowl of popcorn with half the butter and a diet soda? After you’ve done this a few weeks you may notice a difference in your behaviour, the desire will lessen, you may even have lost a few pounds by now. Once you start making these little changes and see the results on the scale or with how your jeans fit the desire to continue the process will largely outweigh that bowl of popcorn. Pretty soon you’ll be enjoying Friday movie night with plain, yet delicious and nutritious popcorn.
It will also be important to write down the goals that you want to achieve. Writing them down makes them real. Ask for feedback, posting on your Instagram or Facebook pages can help encourage healthy behaviour…ask people for help or feedback. There is plenty of #fitspo to find on Instagram! And using apps that help you track your activity and calories can make a big difference in your success. Some top fitness apps are MyFitnessPal, PEAR Personal Coach, FitStar Personal Trainer, Charity Miles, and LoseIt!.
Remember changing your behaviour is a process, and this is okay! We want you to see you reach your goals no matter how big or small.
I'm Natatia Gemmell.