Setting Sustainable Goals for the New Year!
Firstly, we want to wish you a very Happy New Year!!! It's officially 2023 and we know y'all are ready to hit the ground running with your goals, resolutions, and intentions for this upcoming year!
Many of us have big plans this year, especially for our health & fitness journeys. While we applaud you for deciding to transform your lifestyle, we want to talk about the importance of setting sustainable & realistic goals for yourself.
This 2023, don't set yourself up for failure with restrictive approaches that leave you spinning your wheels. Understand that to lose body fat in a sustainable way, it's going to take time, patience, and consistency in executing your protocols! If you're wondering what's an appropriate & safe timeframe to lose a certain amount of weight, check out the reference chart below.
*NOTE: This is a general chart that does not reflect your individual lifestyle, goals, or unique circumstances. It can give you a rough idea of timeframe, but it cannot account for individual variables.
Some of these timeframes may be longer than you thought. The truth is, many of us have unrealistic expectations of how fast we can lose weight due to the diet industry promising and promoting quick fixes. As many of you know from personal experience with fad diets, yo-yo dieting, and restrictive approaches, they almost always fail and/or harm your metabolic health in the process, leaving you frustrated and often in worse health.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, you need to focus on a permanent lifestyle change rather than a temporary diet. You also need to be realistic because you didn't gain 30 lbs in 6 weeks, so don't expect your body to lose 30 lbs in the same timeframe. Changing a lifestyle takes work & time, but you're worth that effort!
Reminder: you also do NOT need to have a scale-related resolution or goal for 2023! There are so many other goals you can make to improve your health, fitness, and happiness this year!
Non-Scale Related Resolutions You Can Pursue
2. Drink more water throughout the day
3. Cook more meals at home
4. Move your body on a daily basis
5. Find a physical activity that you enjoy
6. Build muscle and get stronger
7. Incorporate more protein into your meals and snacks
8. Try one new food or recipe a week
9. Create more colorful plates
10. Get 7+ hours of sleep per night
11. Improve your flexibility and stretch more often
12. Lower your cholesterol
13. Work on managing stress better
14. Improve your relationship with food