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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

why new years resolutions failIt’s not uncommon to set new weight loss goals at the beginning of the year. It’s also not uncommon for those weight loss goals to fail. Consider this woman’s story:

It’s January 1, 2014 and today is the first day of my body shape transformation. So I review my resolution list and take a self inventory:

Head to the gym at 5:30 a.m. for a 1-hour workout. Oops, it’s 9:00 am and I just woke up. No worries. I have the day off, so I’ll get there soon enough.

Eat a healthy breakfast. Whoops—I already ate a large piece of that leftover party cake. No worries. I’ll just work out for an extra 30 minutes at the gym today.

Start taking a Detox supplement. Where did I put that?

No snacks and no desserts. How did these potato chips get into my hands and mouth? No worries. I’ll start over again tomorrow.

It’s now 2:30 in the afternoon and I still haven’t made it to the gym. The kids want lunch and point out their favorite unhealthy fast food restaurant. No worries, I tell myself, I’ll be strong and get a salad. As soon as we walk through the doors, the kids run off to the play area. As I look at the menu board, my stomach grumbles and before I know it I’ve ordered a 1,000-calorie meal. No worries. I’ll get back on the body transformation plan tomorrow.

It’s 4:00 and the guilt is piling on me. Why am I such a loser? Why can’t I stick to my goals? I am so sick and tired of being a size 16. Why did I tell my friends and family that I was going to do it this time? Why? Why? Why?

This story is real, but I’ve withheld the name. The above story is the true definition of Diet Chaos (click to learn more). This woman trained her brain to be a size 16 and her brain was working really hard to keep her there. Does that statement go against your logic? The reason why New Year’s Resolutions Fail is because they’re at odds with the brain. Your brain has been trained to act like it’s overweight. The brain responds automatically, in the subconscious mind, to act a certain way about healthy or unhealthy living. Did you know that 80% of your brainpower is the subconscious mind? This part of the brain is connected to the central nervous system, and the central nervous system is connected to the muscles, organs, and skeletal system of the body. Your eating, exercising, and sleeping are automated by this 80%.  So if you have unhealthy habits (not sleeping enough, not exercising enough, and eating too much), it’s because you’ve trained your brain to subconsciously act (or automatically respond) a certain way. This means that because you’ve spent years training your body to be its current size, it’ll take a concentrated effort to retrain your brain to be a different size (that size you want) and live the lifestyle of that new size.

You’ll do this by making changes in the subconscious mind, one at a time. You can retrain your brain to live a healthy way by changing your habits, one at a time. It takes 28 days to convince the subconscious mind that you really want to change a muscle behavior. After 28 days, this new behavior or change becomes automatic (subconscious). That’s how long it takes to form a habit.

Successful body transformation begins and ends in the mind. Keep your New Year’s Resolutions by retraining your brain to achieve your ideal body shape. It’s not too late!

With my help you’ll learn to retrain your brain to lose weight, achieve your ideal body shape, and maintain that ideal body shape. My FREE eBook, Diet Chaos: Lose Weight – Not Your Mind introduces and explains why working on one negative behavior or habit at a time is so important for achieving and maintaining weight loss.

You can transform your life. Take the first step and read Diet Chaos today.

By David Meine

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