New Year’s Resolutions date back to around 2000 BC. Since that time, a diversity of cultures have adopted the practice. Goals for self-improvement are shared with friends and guests at the tick of midnight every December 31st. Statistics tell us that 45% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% will achieve them. Almost all resolutions end in failure, and a failed diet resolution does nothing to raise up spirits.
Some of the more popular flops are resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, get fit and eat healthy, and save more by spending less. Here is a short list of resolutions that are marked for failure along with some suggestions that might help change all that. This is the year that your New Year’s Resolution will succeed! Also, be sure to check out, “10 Healthy Eating Resolutions for 2016” for proven steps to eating healthy.
Turning Around a Failed Diet Resolution
Each of us has an attraction to one junk food or another that is without doubt a poor addition to our diet in every way. We easily recognize the low character of whatever snack this may be, and come New Year’s Eve we pledge to never surrender to it again. The problem here is that never is an impossible word. The unattainable never is at the core of a failed resolution. Be reasonable with yourself and recognize that victory doesn’t need to be absolute. A hardy reduction in time spent with your favorite junk food is good for a check on the success side of the page.
Low Carbohydrate Failed Diet Resolution
A “carbs must go” resolution is not only a set up for a failed diet resolution but a bad idea in general. Carbs are an important energy source and provide essential nutrients. Before you send carbs packing, adjust your thinking a bit. You can do without the refined carbs that are found in soda, fruit juice, and bagels, but legumes, vegetables, fruit and whole grains like quinoa are worthy of your menu.
Never Snack Again Failed Diet Resolution
There is that word again, that guarantee of failure that comes from an overreach so vast that the shear size is admirable despite an absence of logic. Instead of never, opt for healthy. Snack on a small bag of mixed nuts. Grapes or sliced turkey are equally satisfying. Read “Three Steps to Weight Loss Now.”
Juice Cleanse Failed Diet Resolution
It is true that a juice cleanse results in quick weight loss. It is also true that your mood and hormones will be adversely effected, your energy will drain, your metabolism will drag, you will lose muscle mass, and when the cleanse is complete you will gain back the weight you’ve lost. A focus on getting as much whole, unprocessed food into your diet is a far better choice. See “10 Awesome Superfoods for Weight Loss.”
Eliminate Sugar Failed Diet Resolution
Ridding your diet of sugar is a fine idea whereas sugar has a negative effect on almost every system in your body, but have a substitute waiting before you purge. The elimination of sugar will result in cravings. Stevia is a good substitute, and you can also use fresh fruit or fruit purees as sweeteners. Eliminating only two teaspoons of sugar per day translates into a saving of over 11,000 calories for the year.
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