After the Christmas and New Year over-indulgences, come the New Year’s resolutions…
Gaining a few extra pounds over the holiday season is now considered by many to be the norm, which is why so many adults set themselves goals for improvement for the New Year targeting an improvement to their body shape.
Yet research by Cancer Research UK has shown that 40% gave up within a fortnight and six months down the line, only 1 in 11 people were still sticking to their goals.
The reasons why are complex, but there are a few common pitfalls which many fall into.
Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work
One of the biggest issues is that New Year’s Resolutions often lack detail or aim too high. Radical overnight change is the hardest to maintain.
Anybody in business will tell you that goals need to be SMART – which stands for ‘Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely’
A New Year’s Resolution to ‘lose weight and get fit’ is one of the most popular options yet is not at all SMART. Setting a goal to lose 4lbs by the end of January and a further 2lbs a month thereafter for 5 months is more achievable and will add up to a stone by summertime (this is just an example depending on your starting weight).
Focusing only on the outcome can also be a mistake. Instead of considering what you want to deliver, which tends to lead to drastic changes in behaviour, instead think about what positive changes you can make in your daily life.
- How about eat salad on Tuesdays and Fridays?
- Go for a 30 minute walk in lunch hour 3 times a week?
- Swap the 11am cappuccino for a hot water with lemon?
These are more concrete targets and tend to be much more manageable than a radical diet which leaves you hungry and depressed. Again, don’t aim unrealistically high – 3 changes is more than enough.
Integrated Healthcare, London
Dr Barbara Kubicka works at her own exclusive Clinicbe based in Knightsbridge offers a comprehensive range of healthcare advice and services alongside her well-known anti-ageing and medical skin treatments for men and women.
The clinic works with healthcare experts providing additional services which can be of great assistance to those embarking on weight loss. Using their specialist skills, they can help to identify any underlying medical or psychological issues affecting weight and help with a range of treatments and services:
- Dr Barbara Kubicka – private consultations include individual advice on nutrition and lifestyle to help tackle skincare issues from within and compliment professional treatments
- Yvonne McMeel – Nutritionist and EFT Therapist
- Dr Theodora Mantzourani MD, MRCGP, DipNutrMed, FAARFM – Private holistic doctor with 20 years of experience in Medicine. Special interests include Functional Endocrinology and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
- Dominic Knight – Highly credited Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner, providing relief to those suffering from life-altering conditions
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