If your vision board for 2015 includes pictures of kale, running shoes, and a three-digit number on a scale, you may be setting yourself up for failure.
While about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions—a majority of which are to lose weight and get fit—only about 8 percent succeed, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology (1).
Why do grand weight-loss resolutions end in failure?
- For one, resolutions are often unrealistic. Fad diets that eliminate whole food groups (such as carbohydrates) may trigger initial weight loss, but sticking to a restricted diet for the long term isn’t a realistic life-long habit.
- Secondly, people making their weight-loss resolutions lack a reliable method for achieving their goals. It’s been shown time and again that simply deciding to eat better and exercise more isn’t an effective technique for successful weight loss. Other diets leave you feeling sluggish and deprived. In the end, you’re not motivated to continue with the dietary change.
- Finally, resolutions are recognized as an endpoint rather than a continued goal. Focusing on reaching a certain number on the scale rather than making lifestyle changes to help you feel more energized, sleep better, and maintain a healthy weight will only lead to temporary success.
Instead of making a resolution in 2015, make a real change by committing to Isagenix.
The Isagenix system turns your weight-loss goals into a reality. Scientifically supported products provide your body with the nutrition it craves while controlling calorie intake, making it easy to adhere to without feeling deprived. IsaLean Shakes® are key to this success by providing the right amount and kind of protein, low-glycemic carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, and healthy fats in just 240 calories.
Clinical studies show that the unique combination of Cleanse Days and Shake Days is a reliable method for weight loss. Following the system supports fat loss and muscle maintenance—the formula for preventing weight regain. Subjects following the Isagenix system in a study with the University of Chicago at Illinois lost 47 percent more fat than subjects following a heart-healthy diet and maintained their muscle mass (2, 3). Another study with Skidmore College that recently concluded shows promise for weight-loss maintenance after 12 months of following the Isagenix system (4). (Study results to be released in 2015. For six-month results, see this flyer.)
Unlike short-term resolutions, the flexibility of Isagenix systems allows you to incorporate it into your lifestyle and make change that lasts. Rather than a one-size-fits-all diet, Isagenix products can be used differently—such as choosing daily or deep cleansing or customizing your Shake Day—to work for you in different stages of life.
Instead of resolving to lose weight and reach a certain number on the scale, focus on making healthy lifestyle changes, and more importantly, maintain the results.
Isagenix can be the tool of choice to help you reach your goals. Resolve now to do Cleanse Days and Shake Days for 66 days—the time needed to establish a new habit, according to science (5)—and watch what it can do for you in the long-term.
- Norcross, J.C., Mrykalo, M.S., & Blagys, M.D. (2002). Auld lang syne: Success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year’s resolvers and nonresolvers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(4), 397-405.
- Klempel MC, et al. Intermittent fasting combined with calorie restriction is effective for weight loss and cardio-protection in obese women. Nutr J 2012 11:98.
- Kroeger CM, et al. Improvement in coronary heart disease risk factors during an intermittent fasting/calorie restriction regimen: Relationship to adipokine modulations. Nutr Metab 2012;9:98.
- Gumpricht E, et al. Effects of a high-protein low-calorie intermittent-fast diet on plasma toxins and oxidative stress following weight loss. FASEB J 28 (supplement) LB435.
- Lally et al. How are habits formed: Modeling habit formation in the real world. European Journal of Social Psychology 2009; 40:998-1009.