Within this holiday period many of us decide to set one or multiple goals around things we would like to change or do differently within our lives. These goals can be either short or long term and often relate to our work, health or finances.
Setting goals is great, however it is important to make sure these goals are meaningful and appropriate to you. More than half of all New Years Resolutions fail so it is important to have a think of what you really want for your life in 2022 and how YOU can achieve that.
We know that a common New Years Resolution is aimed at weight loss, with many people beginning the new year on the latest diet trend in order to achieve this weight loss. However, we also know (from scientific evidence) that one to two thirds of weight (lost) is regained within one year with a large proportion of dieters regaining more weight than was originally lost. This is known as weight cycling. Other than the poor outcomes of ‘dieting’ being a strong predictor of future weight gain there are many other contraindications to weight cycling including; reduced bone mass, increased psychological stress, disordered eating behaviours and increased risk of various diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.
If your goal this year is to improve your health, try focusing on the following indicators rather than your weight;
- Sleep quantity and quality
- Improvement in mood
- Increased energy levels
- Expansion of variety of foods
- Improvements in blood pressure
- Involvement in fun activities eg: playing with children in the yard
- Satisfaction after a meal
- Enjoyment when moving my body
The Health At Every Size and Non Diet Approach focuses on multiple aspects of health rather than just weight for example; diet quality, relationship with food and eating, listening to your body and behaviors.
Optimum Intake Dietitians are here to help you set and maintain meaningful, person focused health goals. If you would like support and assistance to make the dietary changes that will benefit you’re your for 2022 reach out to us, we can set you up with a specifically chosen Dietitian from our team that is the best match for your needs and goals. Build a meaningful relationship with your food and eating habits this year, one that is positive and impactful. Contact us on 0499008451. We look forward to supporting you on your health journey.