New Year’s Resolutions are incredibly popular: as we move steadily closer to 2019, it’s only a matter of time before friends, family, and coworkers start asking you about your own resolutions.
About half of all Americans make at least one New Year’s Resolution each year, yet only 44% of resolution makers achieve their long term goals.
Goals surrounding health and weight loss are the most common types of New Year’s Resolutions, and it’s not terribly difficult to understand why: more than 2 in 3 American adults are overweight or obese, and even more practice poor nutrition and exercise habits.
Coming off the high-stress high-indulgence nature of the holiday season, many of us see New Year’s as the perfect time for a reboot.
We start off strong and then find ourselves in the exact same spot a year later: again in need of a serious lifestyle overhaul, hoping to achieve it with yet another resolution.
If your diet and exercise resolutions have flopped in years past, here are a few New Year’s nutrition resolutions to consider in 2019 that will dramatically increase your odds of long term success.
New Year’s Nutrition Resolutions for Success in 2019
#1. I Will Be Held Accountable
Oftentimes, we fail to hold ourselves accountable, We start off with good intentions, only to falter and then give up entirely.
While we would like to be able to hold ourselves accountable from day #1, many of us need additional accountability in achieving the daily behavior change that paces the way for long term behavior change and eventual success.
Whatever you do, DO NOT ask a friend, family member, or coworker to hold you accountable.
While it’s healthy to appeal for support, asking a friend or family member (even a healthy friend or family member) to hold you accountable can cause serious dysfunction in the relationship.
#2. I Will Be Willing To Learn
Honesty is hard, especially when the truth isn’t pretty.
We often fail to be honest with ourselves about our needs or level of knowledge.
Fitness and nutrition are topics that are talked about regularly, but most individuals have very limited comprehension in either area. If you need help, be honest with yourself and be willing to ask for it: you’re never too old to learn something new or develop a new set of skills, and learning can be a fun, rewarding, and life-enhancing prospect.
#3. I Will Personalize My Goals
In an attempt at radical self improvement, many of us attempt to craft an exercise routine or nutrition regimen based off of generic advice from friends or family, online nutrition calculators, or other arbitrary definition of health.
For a goal to be attainable, you need to know the tangible actions that it will take to get you there.
If your desired outcome is to become more physically fit, invest in hiring a personal trainer: they alone will know the progression and series of actions right for you, your goals, and your body.
If your desired outcome is to lose weight or eat better, invest in hiring a nutritionist: one size fits all diets that do nothing to address individual physiology and preferences stand a high risk of failure or burnout.
#4. I Will Recommit Each Day
With the novelty of a new behavior or habit, it’s easy to shrug off the new addition when life gets busy or the new habit begins to feel like an inconvenience.
You lived without it before, so why continue?
Accountability is highly helpful in this area: if you are unable or unwilling to hire a professional (personal trainer or nutritionist) to help hold you accountable in the early stages of change, make a point of reflecting and recommitting to your goals each day, lest time get away from you and another year pass you by.
Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).