2. Try a different approach
If what you’re doing just isn’t working, think about changing it up. So, you’ve tried the ‘denial’ diet, where you basically deny yourself anything that tastes good, then throw a doughnut in your face at 3pm when starvation hits. As a weight-loss plan, it’s not going to set you up for long-term success. Many people find that committing to a program is beneficial, as it gives them a framework to build new habits around and is easier to stick to if there’s a plan to follow.
The Keto (short for ketogenic) diet is an example of this and its devotees swear by its short- and long-term benefits. Keto is a low-carbohydrate diet that involves eating fewer carbs, a moderate amount of protein and a high amount of fat per day (around 70 per cent of daily calories). The keto diet can encourage weight loss and many people on keto find that they gain better control over their appetite. It claims to help improve performance and some also say it keeps them more focused and alert.
Eating on keto requires more discipline than your 3pm doughnut, but the food you eat is satisfying and enjoyable, so this is where a bit of planning and prep will help set you up for success. There are some great products in the Keto-Fit range to give you a helping hand on keto. When you feel like a snack on the go, you can whip yourself up one of the tasty Keto-Fit Protein shakes with high-quality protein and coconut MCTs to help keep cravings at bay and help you stay in ketosis. There’s also Keto-Fit Fire in capsule format containing Coconut MCTs, Carnitine, Cayenne Pepper and Guarana to help put you into fat-burning mode and fire up your metabolism as part of a ketogenic diet.
When you start to see results, you’ll be more inclined to stick to any program, so try to push through and commit for at least a fortnight to see if it works for you.
3. Reward yourself
When you do achieve your personal goals, the satisfaction is a reward in itself, but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of prize-giving when you get there! Make a pact with yourself when you start out. Set some marker points along the way (two weeks, six weeks etc) where you can take stock of what you’ve achieved so far and be sure to put them in your journal if you’re keeping one.
Whether it’s a new pair of kicks to celebrate your ability to run 5kms or new gym gear to make you look as good as you feel while you smash a new PB, by setting realistic goals and achievable (and relevant) rewards along the way, every milestone closer to your goals will feel that little bit sweeter.
Don’t give up on your new year resolutions – or on yourself. Regroup, reset and reimagine them and make 2020 your best year yet.