So 2018 is around the corner and you’ve probably found your journal that has been lying under the bed since 1 January 2017. You have dusted it off and are ready to write down your resolutions for the New Year. If you are making resolutions for a healthy you, and you are doing one of the following things, make sure one of your resolutions is to ditch them.
1 Fun-Size Treats
Reason to ditch: Although minding your meal portions is important when trying to lose weight, studies have shown that people who pre-package their meals actually end up eating multiple packages. They end up eating twice as much as they would have and that is so not cool!
Alternative: Professor Jennifer Argo of the University of Alberta in Canada says that the small pre-packaged meals eliminated the guilty feeling one would have if they were to consume a whole bag of chips for example. The best way to avoid this dangerous trend is to stick to one proper portion at a time. The meal must be sufficient enough to fill you up. Me, I say “when hungry, eat and stop playing around”.
2 Self-torture for Indulging
Reason to ditch: So everyone knows that feeling when a cheat-day turns into a cheat-week. I’ve been there and I have survived and so will you. Research has shown that those who beat themselves up for indulging were less successful in losing weight than those who didn’t.
Alternative: That would make sense because those who take weight loss as a journey know that every journey has some serious detours and obstacles. However those who want to lose weight quickly will be thinking “there goes another day where I could have lost half a pound”. Does that sound familiar? So every time you indulge, remember it’s just a small detour on your way to achieving greatness.
3 Detoxing and Fasting
Reason to ditch: Heed the words of wisdom by Jonathan Ross of the American Council on Exercise:
“It is a shame these programs continue to be so popular. It’s not even fair to call them science fiction—they are actually fiction without the science. Your liver continually works to detoxify the body. It starts working the moment you are born, and doesn’t stop until you die. Your body doesn’t need a “rest from digestion,” and it doesn’t need help from magical supplements or juices. These programs have been debunked so many times and in so many ways, but they are still big sellers because of the promise of a quick fix. As a result, the intense marketing around them continues to overwhelm obvious truth and common sense.”
Alternative: Stop looking for quick fixes and stop listening to the people recommending them. They probably are selling the products or have an emotional attachment to them after using them for a while. Live a healthy life every day, eat well and your body will do the rest. Do you know that your body is the most powerful weapon against disease, obesity, and practically anything you can throw at it? Treat it well and it will not let you down.
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