Congratulations! You’ve made it through the first full week of 2017! If you are part of the 41% of Americans that made a resolution this year, you are probably still going strong. But it’s at the two-week point that most people start backsliding and give up entirely on their new eating or fitness regimen. Why is that only 8% of people that set out to make a resolution for the New Year fail?
National Personal Training Institute certified trainer Carleen Jones think the high failure rate comes from “people setting unrealistic goals for themselves.” 21% of people set resolutions to lose weight or get fit, and while these types of resolutions help sell gym memberships, dietary supplements, and personal training, the fail rate is still very high. Jones says her personal training business “is booming for the first month or so, but then she starts to see people fall off and lose their motivation.” She contributes this failure and lack of motivation to having too high of expectations. “People come into the New Year and gym thinking they can lose 5-pounds a week. They think that just a few days into working out they will start to see results. I make sure my clients understand that they need to put in the time and follow a place to eventually see results.”
Instead of setting one big goal, Jones encourages her clients to set smaller weekly or monthly goals. “These smaller goals will allow you to celebrate a lot more victories and this will help keep the motivation to move on to the next goal,” she said.
While fitness is important, it’s not the only component to successfully losing weight. Jones also educates her clients on nutrition. She warns that “hard work put in the gym can easily be ruined by what you are putting in your mouth.” It is during this time that social media, news sites, and websites are full of advertisements for pills, drinks, and other gadgets that are supposed to make losing weight easier. But Registered Dietician Paula Wolfe says that “the buyers really needs to beware when it comes to weight loss hoaxes that are posted online.” Many of these diets or detoxes aren’t safe. Just like the saying goes, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Wolfe said that many of these diets aren’t “backed by the FDA and have no real research behind them.”
So if you want to make your weight loss or fitness resolution more of a success for 2017, get them help of a professional. Jones adds that “many people come into the gym and end up hurting themselves because they are lifting too much or have poor form.” If you aren’t exactly sure what nutritionally will work for your body and goals, look for a nutritional counselor to help you get on the right path to eating healthier. You can do it, one step and one day at a time.