Experts from the New Atkins Lifestyle have identified lack of will power, unhealthy eating habits, and procrastination as primary roadblocks to a healthier lifestyle
As we approach the New Year, people are busy planning their lifestyle goals for 2017. Every January starts with plenty of optimism, but sometimes, as the year progresses, people lose momentum along the way.
According to a recent study published in the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year resolutions, from a whooping 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions.
Researchers for the New Atkins Lifestyle have listed some of the top reasons people don’t stick to a healthy lifestyle and how to combat them. Commenting on the subject, The New Atkins Lifestyle nutritionist, Linda O’Byrne, says, “After January, people find themselves falling back into the same old routine, known as the ‘comfort zone’.”
She adds, “Transformation doesn’t happen by completely eliminating bad habits overnight but rather with dealing with them as if they are real problems – by tracing back the causes and triggers and finding feasible and realistic solutions.” Here is the time to set new goals for yourself so that 2017 is the best year for your body and your life as a whole. This is how to get started:
Set S.M.A.R.T. resolutions: ‘Get fit’ may be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions out there. Make sure your ‘Get Fit’ resolution is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. ‘Here’s an example: I want to lose 10 kgs in three months by following The New Atkins Lifestyle. I will track my progress by weighing myself and taking my measurements.’
Focus on the process: As you follow your low-carb nutrition plan, remember that getting fit is a process and that hitting your goals will not happen instantly. Whenever you get frustrated or impatient, remind yourself that by sticking to your goals, you will see positive results in the long run.
Plan ahead and stick to a schedule, Planning your meals and snacks ahead of time is an effective way to ensure that you stick to your low-carb dietary plan. Additionally, it’s a good idea to follow a similar meal schedule every day to help your body adjust to your nutritional needs.
Reward small accomplishments: Don’t wait until you reach your ultimate goal to celebrate and reward yourself! Rewarding small accomplishments along the way, whether it’s getting through Phase 1 or cooking a new favorite low-carb recipe, will help keep you motivated and feeling good about your fitness process.
Don’t give up: Even if you’ve piled on some holiday pounds, don’t use that as an excuse to give up on Atkins. The Atkins Lifestyle is not a quick-fix diet, but a lifestyle. It is a programme that will be with you through thick and thin, literally.
“Fact is, transformation is not easy, and it requires certain tools and a positive mindset to fight bad habits and that inner voice constantly convincing you to resist change. The reasons pulling you back before you reach the summit are where your power and determination come from, making you fight harder and stronger towards your goals,” adds Linda.