A survey found 48% of 2018 resolutions are to lose weight... but we see many of these resolutions fail before the end of the month.

Let's explore why your New Years diet might not work out.


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1) You don’t want it enough!
In the New Year, it seems like everyone vows to start dieting. Before jumping on the bandwagon, ask yourself if you truly want to diet for you, or if you're just riding along. Starting a diet with your head not in it will NOT end well.
If you are reading this and it sounds familiar, you can still set other goals that doesn't involve weight loss! For example, aiming to hit a certain weight on squats by the end of the year or eating any variety of vegetable with every meal.

Set a goal that will make you feel good about yourself, whatever it is.


2) You’re trying to go from 0 to 100
I see many people with this problem. If you’re new to dieting, don’t assume that you’re going to be able to go from being sedentary and having takeaway 3 nights a week, to having the perfect diet and going to the gym 5 days a week. Week 1 of your ‘diet’ might just be cutting out alcohol, eating out, and going for a walk in the evening.

For a more experienced and trained individual, it may be possible to go straight in with something more extreme and strict.
Either way, go at your own pace. Small changes to your habits and routine are what creates a sustainable lifestyle change.

3) Lack of future planning
So… you stuck to your 8 week diet? You look and feel great!! But Now what? Celebrate with pizza and all of the other foods you’ve been craving?


A well planned diet deserves a just as well planned transition into a maintenance or gaining phase, for not only your metabolic health, but how well you’re going to feel after gaining all of the weight back in a matter of days. Depending on the severity and length of the diet, you may want to have a reverse diet protocol in place. This is a period of gradually increasing calories and cutting cardio to control rate of weight regain, among other things.


4) Poor advice
Maybe you’ve been told that the only way to lose weight is keto, or vegan, or intermittent fasting. In reality, the best diet is the one which you find easiest to maintain a calorie deficit on. Ensure that you are getting the correct micronutrients… and other than that, if your ideal diet means having a poptart and chocolate every day, go for it! ...just don't go crazy.


This can take years of experimenting, but just know it is completely ok if you form your own diet based on what you like and makes you feel good, without having to put a label on it.

5) Giving up at the first hurdle
You’re only human and can’t be expected to be perfect 365 days a week. Perhaps you went on an all-inclusive holiday and ate everything in sight, or were ill and didn’t make it to the gym for a couple of weeks. Accept it for what it is, no guilt or anxiety, just get right back to your usual routine.

A couple of weeks off won’t destroy your progress… but giving up for good definitely will!