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Why People Fail at New Years Resolutions to do with health and habits

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Now the biggest mistakes that I believe people make as they are entering a new year with new intentions/resolutions are the following……….. Choosing the wrong things to change 

A lot of people start the year by saying that they will cut something out, for example I am not going to drink anymore. However that person may only go out 1 or 2 times a month to enjoy a social drink, or maybe have a glass of wine in the week a few times to get away from work pressures and just let their hair down. The problem is with this, you work hard all week and this is actually the one thing that you really enjoy doing, so what happens is you manage it for January, and as February comes you start to struggle, as you have removed enjoyment from your life, that long with other restrictions you put on yourself is a recipe for disaster and a recipe that is not sustainable.  Tips:

  1. Try drinking a different drink, switching beer for spirits is a good choice

  2. In general work on making smarter choices when selecting what you are drinking or eating on social occasions.

  3. Google and My Fitness Pal are your friend use them to help you make smarter choices. 

Going all out on exercise classes or the gym

There is a perception that for one to be healthier or to lose fat that you have to go all crazy at the gym or with exercise, this then leads people to undertake unrealistic and unsustainable exercise regimes in January, which at first leave them feeling like they are doing great, but that then soon starts to change as then one realises that 5 times a week training isn’t quite achievable with your full time job, having 3 kids or commuting long hours daily. I have also seen people struggle as they don’t enjoy the exercise so after that ‘LETSSSSSS DO THIS’ phase ends exercise becomes un-enjoyable and more like a chore. I know this may not be a nice thing to hear, but most people training alone will barely burn 300 active calories in a workout and then think they can go eat something because they have worked out, they end up consuming more calories than they have burned.  Tips : Try writing down your weekly schedule, have a look and be realistic as to what times and for how long you can commit for. Then you can try a few different types of exercise classes/techniques and see what you enjoy. Take it slow and steady. Avoid doing the whole let’s train 5 times a week and look at what is realistically sustainable and achievable on a weekly basis with the curve balls that life throws at us. By you enjoying your exercise you will ensure that you can make it a lifestyle change rather than a short term so called fix. 

Eating Clean  Woaaaaahhhhhh wait a minute, I mean what does eating clean even mean. Seriously I hear this word so much but really what is it????? If I am perfectly honest there is no such bloody thing. Wash all your food and it is clean 😛 . 

This is half the problem, as always there is so much crap out there that leads people to think that the only way they can lose fat and improve their lifestyle is they have to eat ‘clean’ whatever this nonsense may be. This then leads to people cutting out most of the foods they eat on a day-to-day basis, eating foods they don’t enjoy eating, and totally changing their diet by 360 degrees. Now let’s all face it, taking these steps is NOT sustainable, you don’t enjoy eating these foods, you will never manage to continue when life starts throwing your curve balls….. if you have a life with no curve balls count yourself very lucky, and your life will feel like a constant battle of strictness, which will probably end up in you totally rebelling and thinking f@ck this nonsense and then binging on all the foods you have previously cut out. 


  1. Identify what your diet contains, identify your schedule and identify how you can manage both in a healthy sustainable way. This may be making sure when you are travelling for work that you select a healthier option in Pret a Manger, when you get that ever so popular take away at the weekend, taking an option that contains more veggies, or have less of a portion.

  2. Don’t think you have to go all out and just eat vegetables, yes veggies are great and I would fully recommend everyone to introduce more in their diets as most people are extremely lacking them, however eating avocados and lettuce is not the answer.

  3. Be aware of your plate at meals, before eating take a look at your plate and ask yourself do you believe that it is a healthy meal, what could you maybe change or adapt to make it healthier, and then next time make that change.

  4. Don’t be hard on yourself, we are like children if we say no to something we will want it more. 

January and February tend to be difficult months, we start with the greatest intentions but we soon realise that maybe we have set unrealistic goals, or we actually punish ourselves and tell ourselves we are not good enough. Drop that negative attitude and look at every day as a new day. 

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