3 non-diet new year resolutions for a healthier you- Amaeze Madukah

Dec 28, 2018 | Self Care

So Christmas is over and hopefully you’ve had time to recharge and enjoy the festivities. With the new year soon approaching, you may be thinking about fresh starts and goals for the new year – cue: new year resolutions.

Many of us have good intentions when setting new year resolutions in an effort to better our health and wellbeing for the year ahead. If you are thinking about losing weight with a diet or exercise program, you’ll probably already know that diets have a major failure rate (some estimate up to 95%). This shows that diets are not really sustainable. Can you see yourself continuing this method of eating long term and does it suit your lifestyle? If not, you are setting yourself up for failure. The failure of diets can lead to binge eating, feelings of deprivation and yo-yo dieting which research shows is not great for your health.

So what can we do instead?

  1. Shift the focus

Instead of focussing on weight loss, why not focus on health gain? This will help you avoid engaging in these diets which restrict nutrients and getting depressed because you inevitably regain weight. We often stress about how we look versus how our bodies feel. Think about daily habits that can help your body feel supported that do not involve watching the scales or feeling guilty for “missing the mark”.

2. Enjoy movement

Do you ever feel like you need to “work off” the meal you just had or had days before? This thinking does not encourage a healthy relationship with food and leaves you in that constant guilt cycle. You do not need to compensate food eaten with exercise as this is an unhealthy habit. It is no secret that movement is good for you, but many may feel this means pushing yourself at the gym, but this is not the only thing! Find a form of movement that is not compensatory and that you enjoy, whether it’s dancing, yoga, swimming – whatever feels good for your body!

3. Prioritise regular self-care

Many people believe self-care is a practise often afforded to those with the luxury of time or money. Self-care is simply a way of taking care of your mental health, which can be linked to physical health. In the same way that you will schedule a meeting, schedule some time in for yourself (and try not to double book!). It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – maybe a social media detox, take a different route home or learn a new activity.

Let 2019 be the year that truly unveils the best you!

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