Today’s article isn’t meant to be a rah-rah motivational speech but instead a new way of looking at your New Year’s resolutions. We’ll cover why most people fail with their resolutions and what you can do to finally stick to the plan and dominate your fat loss goals in 2017.
Are you ready?
Resolutions Are So Cliche
It’s about that time of year to start making your New Year’s resolutions.
The thought of making ‘resolutions’ is a little annoying but only because so many people say they’re going to do this and that but never follow through.
I’m totally guilty as well.
But here’s the thing…
As cliche as resolutions can be, they’re not all bad.
When you think about what resolutions you’re making for 2017 you’re really talking about your goals and what you want to accomplish.
Your resolutions can be anything you want them to be.
Earn a promotion.
Buy a house.
Dominate your fat loss goals.
Whatever you choose needs to be important to you or else you’ll never accomplish it. I know that’s pretty harsh but I’ve never been a big fan of sugar coating things.
Your resolutions will fail if they aren’t really, really important to you.
And that right there is exactly why the majority of resolutions never amount to anything. Because people just name off a bunch of things without giving them enough thought.
Decide what you want and go for it. Give it your best effort and you’ll be happy you did.
Pick Your Primary Focus
Rather than making a list of 3435 different things you want to accomplish, how about picking 2-3 of the most important goals you have right now and crushing those?
For millions of people, and likely you as well, dropping a few of those holiday pounds will be atop the list.
Perfect. Now is as good a time as ever to start taking control of your health, body and fitness.
Don’t just say ‘yeah I want to lose 15-20 pounds’ and never do anything to actually reach that goal.
Put that goal into action.
So, first things first, decide on your top 2-3 goals for 2017, write them down, and come up with a plan to achieve them.
Break Your Goal Down
Because weight loss is one of the top resolutions around the world, let’s use that as an example.
Obviously, your current fitness levels and experience with diet and exercise will be a factor, but let’s assume you have some basic experience with this fitness stuff and you’re looking to drop 30lbs.
Are you going to go full speed ahead and drop all 30lbs in one fell swoop?
Unfortunately, probably not. Not for a lack of effort but more so because your body will need a break or two in there.
When you have goals such as weight loss, it’s ridiculously important to start out with realistic expectations. The more weight you want to lose, in general, the longer it’s going to take.
That’s fair enough, right?
Everyone’s rate of weight loss is going to be a bit different, but losing 30lbs could take 3 months or it may take 6 months. Maybe even longer.
The point is to never quit.
Keep going until you reach your goal.
You might begin the year eating healthy and losing weight. You’re making good progress and you’ve lost 8lbs already in the first month. That’s a great start, for sure.
The second month you only lose 4 pounds.
This doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong (though you could be eating too much and need further calorie restriction), but it might mean you need to take a break from dieting for a month or so and let your body get used to this new lower bodyweight.
After this ‘maintenance’ period you can go back to cutting calories and losing even more weight. It’s important to remember that dieting isn’t always a linear process. Just because it’s the New Year doesn’t mean you have to reach your end goal immediately. Weight loss takes time.
Some weeks you’ll weigh more, you’ll lose more other weeks, and some weeks you’ll stay the same.
The ‘secret’ is to never stop and to continue plugging away. That’s the key if you want to dominate your fat loss goals.
Be relentless. That’s really what it comes down to. Never quitting or stopping because progress slows or things get tougher.
Just because you’ve got some lofty goals doesn’t mean you have to radically change your current lifestyle.
If you’ve set out to lose those holiday pounds, remember, there is no finite deadline and you don’t have to cut out everything you think is ‘bad for you.’
This is one of the biggest challenges lots of people face.
Your motivation is through the roof so you do what most people would do.
You dive right in going full speed ahead but lose steam after a month or two.
To help ‘make things stick,’ ease your way into making changes.
Enough change to make a change, but not so much that you’re forced to give up.
As for fat loss, you should be eating more calories at the beginning of your diet than you will at the end. Many people make the mistake of starting with a super restrictive diet cutting out sugar, gluten, fat, carbs, bread, who knows.
Make small adjustments and let the diet run its course. You don’t need to do a complete 360 in order to dominate your fat loss goals. Be consistent, persistent, and work hard and you will see change.
Enjoy the Process
We live in a time where we want it now. Whatever it might be, we want it right here, right now.
The thing about weight loss is that it’s a process. And, the sooner you can realize that there will be peaks and valleys along the way, the more enjoyable the journey will become.
Because here’s the thing about a weight loss…
You want to get the weight off and keep it off, right?
I don’t know anyone that says “yeah, I want to lose 20lbs now, but I don’t care if I gain it back as long as I lose it now.”
Part of the solution to dominate your fat loss goals this New Years is to enjoy the process and understand that it’ll take time. Plus, when you put in the effort over a period of time, it makes that achievement a lot more rewarding.
Stop Giving Up When Things Get Tough
Maybe the reason so many people fail to accomplish their resolutions is because as soon as the journey becomes a bit challenging they throw in the towel.
I hate to break it to ya, but achieving anything worthwhile is very unlikely to happen without overcoming challenges and obstacles. If things start getting tougher you’ll need to find a way to overcome it.
Maybe you’re mid-way through your diet and still have a good amount of weight to lose. But you’re starving and beginning to doubt why you even chose such a stupid goal in the first place.
Well, you chose it because it’s important to you. Whether it’s for health reasons or to boost your self-confidence, losing weight is a great goal. When things get tough and you start getting hungrier and hungrier try choosing foods that are more filling such as lean proteins like chicken breast and steak, and filling carbs like oats, fibrous vegetables, and fruits.
Increase your water intake. Add some diet drinks in there and give your beverages a boost with some Mio flavoring.
And, sometimes, things will just be tough. You have the choice to stick it out or throw in the towel like everyone else. That part’s up to you I suppose. If you truly want to dominate your fat loss goals in 2017 stay focused and keep at it even when things get tough.
Dominate Your Fat Loss Goals in 2017
In just under a couple weeks, I’ll be launching my new program, Fat Loss 365.
It’s a program to help you stick to your resolutions. Not for a month. Not for two. But for an entire year. The key to success is staying relentless and never giving up.
And that’s exactly what Fat Loss 365 is going to do. To help you manage, plan, and dominate your fat loss goals so that you not only achieve them, but you stick with them year-round.
Over the next week or so, I’ll have the details of the program for those who are VIP subscribers.
If you need an extra little boost and some guidance to crush your goals in 2017 then be sure to join my VIP area below. As a thank you (and a little holiday reading) I’ll send you a copy of my nutrition manual, ’10 Commandments of Fat Loss.’
Let’s make 2017 your best year yet.