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A smarter alternative to the New Years diet resolution quick fix

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It’s that time of year again isn’t it…when a few weeks of partying and late nights catch up with us all and our bodies are screaming out for some recovery and down time.

It’s also the most lucrative time of the year for the diet industry, because it’s the prime time to prey on that feeling of BLAH!

I think deep down we all know that a crazy new diet or extreme detox isn’t the answer. God knows I have done some nutso ones in my time. Yep bars, shakes and meal replacements are easy and time efficient I grant you that. But the problem as I see it is two fold:

ISSUE 1: They are fake foods that can do your body more harm than good, and are usually made with crappy cheap ingredients.

I checked out one well known brand recently only to find the second ingredient on the label was fructose. Seriously, our bodies are already full of excess sugars from Christmas treats…we don’t need more.

ISSUE 2: The plans are not sustainable nor are they enjoyable. Who wants to live on two shakes and one real meal for the rest of your life.

Not so fun! And if you think “well I will only go on the plan until I lose the weight, then I will go back to normal eating, is this really solving the problem or just giving you a temporary fix?

I’m also not a fan of programs that only focus on just eating and exercise. Sure we can all follow a diet plan for a while and push ourselves to exercise harder.

But if you are sleep deprived and stressed or you are eating foods on the plan that are causing inflammation in your body (internal stress), then no amount of willpower will prevent you from a blow out, or from ditching the entire plan a few weeks in.

Our bodies are very smart machines, but often we ignore signals (bloating, tiredness, skin issues, moodiness, foggy brain, etc) and then lean towards a quick fix rather than the smarter and longer lasting approach.

If you do want to follow a New Years Resolution Health Plan come January 1st 2016, here is what I suggest you use as a ‘check list’:

  1. Does the plan talk about improving your mindset? If you are feeding your mind negative thoughts, you will feed your body rubbish as well.
  2. Is the plan separated into 2 sections – a ‘re boot’ and then a maintenance plan. The first phase focuses on cleaning your body out and the second phase teaches you how to sustain the plan longer than a couple of weeks in a more flexible and realistic way, whilst still helping you achieve results.
  3. Does the plan include several options for exercise? It might surprise you but not everyone loves burpees and sprinting!

    With the clients I work with, I actually don’t focus on exercise at all in the start, other than to promote more movement. Sorting out sleep, stress and eating is far more important and will get your faster results.

  4. Does the plan focus on eating real food most of the time whilst still giving you some short cuts and tips for days when you are busy? Personally I always like to give clients a ‘Plan B’ option because it helps them stay on track far easier.
  5. What kind of accountability does the plan include? If you are very focused and committed, you can succeed without external accountability, however I find most people need some form of support, at least in the first 4-6 weeks.

    Support also means you get to trouble shoot challenges you have or ask advice when something isn’t working for you. Remember that accountability will cost you more – but the extra investment will ensure you get faster results and are likely to stay on track well past the first 3 weeks (which is when most people give up).

Beware of plans that focus on very rapid weight loss (usually water and muscle tissue), are based on supplements for the most part, or ask you to do huge amounts of high intensity exercise along with a very low calorie diet – you will stuff up your metabolism for sure.

After 23 years in the Health and Wellness Industry, I’ve seen all the fads and know the fall out from following them. I don’t want you to be one of the 97% of people who ditch their diet and go back to old ways after the first 3 weeks.

If you are not sure how to approach your health and wellness in 2016, I can help!

My programs and website are undergoing a super pump up to incorporate new programs specially designed for driven women and men who want to perform at the highest level but feel their body and mind are holding them back.

It’s all set to launch on 1st February, so connect with me on Facebook (link is www.facebook.com/LisaMillsPerformanceCoach) and stay tune for all the juicy new content and resources to help you rock 2016!

As a special offer to the Sista Code Community, I’m releasing a limited number of one on one Skype Coaching sessions where I help you create your own Success Blueprint for 2016 – your secret weapon for the coming year!

If you want to know more and snap up a spot, EMAIL ME (link to lisa@lisa-mills.com) between 4th and 10th January for a free 15 minute Skype Chat.

One final thing I want you to consider…

I often hear people set New Years Resolutions – focusing on what they want to CHANGE about themselves.

Sadly most people, especially those who are highly driven and focused, don’t celebrate what they have ACHIEVED in the past year – they just move onto the next goal.

So before you set about choosing your focus for 2016, spend five minutes listing all the things you are proud of achieving this year, no matter how big or small.

Your mind wants to be congratulated on a consistent basis – and doing this will create motivation and momentum for an even better year ahead.

Wishing you a super Christmas and New Year. Enjoy that cocktail and time with family and friends…you deserve it.

With Lisa Xoxo

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Lisa Mills

Lisa is on a mission to connect people with their body, their thoughts and what lights them up so they can fully live an extraordinary life. She guides people to discover their truth and purpose so that they can live in a confident. authentic and meaningful way. Lisa is especially passionate about inspiring Fitness Professionals to be authentic, unique and connected with their purpose so they can have a long and fulfilling career or build the business of their dreams.

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