Why You Need A Plan
Happy New Year!
I always love January, it’s the only month where you can start with a clean slate. I especially feel this way after I put away all the holiday decorations. My house just seems a little bit cleaner and less cluttered. If only my body could feel as clean and less cluttered, especially after six weeks of extra rich foods, decadent sweets and a few additional drinks.
All of us know that the number one New Years resolution is to lose weight. We decide that we are going to go on some super strict diet and start exercising. However, within three months, most of us have managed to stop exercising and our eating has reverted back to old habits.
The reason why most of us can’t stick to our resolution is we don’t have a PLAN. We don’t define the purpose of why we go through the inconveniences of our resolution. We don’t look at the consequences of what will happen it we don’t follow our plan, nor do we assign a number to a realistic timeline.
You may be thinking, “What?! The newsstand magazines says if I follow their diet regime, I’ll lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks!” Sure, that sounds great but have you ever done the math to see what you have to do in order to make this happen? So lets say, you are 150lbs and you want to lose 5lbs in a week. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. We need to eat between 1200-1600 minimal calories a day just to keep our body from thinking it’s going through a famine and begins storing everything you eat as fat. If you have been eating 2500 calories per day and cut it down to 1600 calories/day, you will lose a little under 2 pounds, but you will probably feel hungry and deprived. Now you add exercise. If you work out for an hour a day at medium-high intensity you can expect to burn 500 calories a day. Assuming you did all of this, you will lose 2.5 pounds in a week.
I don’t know about you, but this pretty depressing and it sounds like a lot of work. This is a prime example of why it’s really important to have a plan and to set achievable goals! In the next few blog entries, I will give you the tools plus some helpful tips so you can meet your New Years resolution, without you feeling deprived, hungry and overwhelmed. It is possible and I know you can do it. Remember, you didn’t gain the weight overnight. Give it time to come off and create new habits. Celebrate your successes.