Written by Josh Hoodless

Does anyone make New Year’s Resolutions these days?

For those that do, can you make it to February? It seems that making a resolution is counterproductive.

Let’s face it, who wants to start the year in defeat. The University of Scranton had a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology finding that most of us make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% of us are likely to succeed.

Losing weight was the number one commitment reported.

How can we succeed in 2021?

I believe if we use our New Year’s resolutions to set goals that are measurable and realistic we might actually get somewhere! That’s right, set goals!

I’ve seen a lot of disappointment in gyms over the years. I’ve seen people training very hard and not loosing weight, people being mislead or misinformed and even taken advantage of.

Spending time, money, energy and lots of sweat without loosing a kilo of fat will make anyone give up.

Right here, right now! I’m going to give you the steps to succeed with your 2021 resolutions.

Let’s use the most popular New Years Resolution of all time – weight loss.

Step 1 – Make it a goal:
Turn your resolution into a goal. Weight loss is a general idea and to some just a dream. Let’s put it into reality and break it down. You want to loose 10kg of body fat by October 1, 2021. Ok. We can measure that, it’s realistic (1kg a month), it’s got a time frame and it’s very specific. Great what’s next?

Step 2 – Information:
How do you actually burn fat off your body? Forget about trying to kill yourself with gruelling exercise, forget about all of the expensive supplements, fad diets and the money-hungry misleading online ‘fitness gurus’. It’s very simple maths:
• Get the correct protein intake.
• Get your fats and carbs to your liking with the remainder of your calories.
• It’s that simple!
• You can eat the same and burn more calories with activity.
• You can eat less and not exercise.
• You can eat a bit less and exercise more.
• As long as you get into a CALORIE DEFICIT!
For more information on exactly how many calories you need please see an experienced trainer or dietician. Get educated with real science and maths. Everyone’s requirements are different.

Step 3 – Environment:
Ensure your work, home and social environments are absent of temptations. We are only human
and we all give in to temptation such as high calorie food, alcohol or lazy behaviours.

If your environment doesn’t have any junk food or excessive alcohol available you can’t be tempted let alone give in to it because it’s not there.

Step 4 – Accountability:
You are less likely to disappoint others than yourself. Having someone to be accountable to helps you stay on track every week.

Whether it be a personal trainer, gym buddy, walking friend or someone to weigh you in every month. A non-bias reliable person will be best. Be accountable to the goal you said you wanted to achieve!

Step 5 – Choices not lifestyle:
I hear the phrase, “you need a lifestyle change” or “it’s your lifestyle that’s the problem” way too often. I believe living here on the Fraser Coast is an amazing lifestyle, we don’t need to change that. It’s our choices within our lifestyle that needs to change.

Simple small changes add up over a year. For example. Don’t stop drinking coffee or beer, instead drink long blacks or low calorie beer and maybe less of them. Don’t sleep in on the weekends, get up a bit earlier and go for a walk or run. These choices go a long way to achieving a calorie deficit.

Step 6 – Fun not a drag:
If you dread cardio or going to the gym, don’t do it. You’ll quickly give up anyway. Find exercise or activities that you enjoy. You have a much higher chance you’ll keep doing it. If you like lifting weights – lift weights, if you like running – run Forest run!

The path to success in 2021 no matter the resolution:

Establish a goal, use the science or correct method, set up your environments, have accountability measures, make the right choices and enjoy the journey towards your awesome RESULT!