The majority of the time someone shares their health related New Year’s Resolution, or any other plan for a lifestyle change, with me, it involves a few of these:
- Exercise between 3 to 5 days per week
- Complete at least 3 workouts of resistance (weight) training and 2 of cardio per week
- Wake up early to exercise before work or exercise after work
- Cook all meals at home and pack meals for work
- No more eating out(…ever)
- Throw away all unhealthy food at home
It can even get pretty thorough with a set exercise routine like a 3 day split, predetermined cardio (run 2 miles, bike 4 miles), fixed calories and grams of macronutrients per day (X grams of fat, Y grams of protein, Z grams of carbohydrates), etc.
Sometimes, the plan is extremely detailed and thought out that it can scientifically get them to where they want to go.
So, kudos for having an awesome plan!
Unfortunately, you might have already tried something similar to the above plan, with no success.
You might have heard of binge or yo-yo dieting, gaining back the weight you lost and then some, or even following a 30-day challenge only to revert back to your previous lifestyle on day 31.
Having a great plan isn’t the problem, but it isn’t the solution either.
Aiming for perfection from day 1 dooms around 90% of people within a short period of time.