New Year’s resolutions? Still on track?

February 2, 2018 7:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you on track with your New Year resolutions?

Yes? Then stop reading this blog. Go and post online about your fitbit or something.

No? Read on!

According to a Guardian poll, 66% of New Year’s resolutions have failed by February. So if things aren’t going quite as well as you might have hoped when those first fireworks went off on New Year’s Eve – well, you’re in good company.

We help you check in with the progress of your New Year resolutions.

How are your New Year resolutions coming along?

Here in the UK, we make resolutions about all kinds of things. A round-up from recent years found that Brits are determined to exercise more, eat less, stop smoking, drink less, spend less time on facebook, learn a new language, play a new instrument, get a better job, sleep more, spend more time with the kids, dump their partners, improve their cooking skills, go on a bike ride, stop watching reality TV, drink more water, learn to knit, have a baby and go to church. (Not all at the same time, I imagine.)

Resolutions about diets are one of the most popular – and, unfortunately, one of the very first to fail. According to industry sources, most New Year diets last only a matter of weeks. So, now that it’s February, we at Naturally Good Food thought it might be a good idea to check-in with your New Year’s diet resolutions, and see if we can keep you (or get you) back on track.

Why do diet resolutions fail?

The late Abigail Wilson, CEO of ISOShealth.com, was interviewed by the Guardian in 2015 and gave her opinion that ‘trying to do too much too quickly’ was to blame for the failure of diet resolutions.

New Year diets are notoriously hard to stick to.

Why do so many New Year diets fail?

‘These [New Year] diets 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.’

Of course, not all diets are about weight. You might be trying to change your diet to one that’s vegan, organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, raw or paleo – or something else altogether. You might be simply trying to eat more healthily overall, perhaps concentrating on wholefoods. But the advice for all diets from Wilson was the same. You have to take things one step at a time.

‘Choose to overcome one [behaviour] at a time and then move on, rather than making a whole lot of changes all at once’.

Because if you do the latter, she said, ‘you’re guaranteed to fall over.’

Getting back on track – and staying there

If you made a resolution about diet for 2018, now’s the time to take another look at it! If all’s going well, then that’s great. If not, why not try breaking the resolution down into smaller steps. Could you follow your new regime for just one meal a day, or for part of a day? Could you gradually extend this, to cover the whole of one day a week, or perhaps, a whole weekend? The key thing is to build up slowly, allowing yourself opportunities to rest, to indulge and to lapse (briefly).

Eat a proper wholefoods diet and make changes gradually.

We believe in eating properly and well!

At Naturally Good Food, we believe in eating properly and well, but we’re no fan of faddy and speedy diets. Like Wilson, we want people to make steady and solid behavioural changes. It might look less flashy on facebook, but in the long run, it’s what makes the difference.

It’s February now. When’s your next New Year’s resolution check-point? Stick it in the diary now!

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