Archive for February, 2015

Are You Resolved to Failure?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

By Jon Kahney, MS, CSCS

It’s that time of the year to look back and evaluate all of the New Year’s resolutions you’ve made and see how you’re progressing. It’s estimated that over 90% of people that make resolutions will fail and give up on their quest to achieve their goals. Are you one of these people? Several recent articles have emerged detailing the demanding culture behind the show, “Biggest Loser” and the quest for immediate results. Most of the contestants fail to keep weight off after they leave the show.

Many people overreach with their goals, which also causes failure to achieve them. I can say I want to run a marathon, but first, can I run at least one mile? Most set unrealistic goals of weight loss without thinking whether or not they will be able to achieve the goal and without consulting a professional to even see if the goal is realistic. And everybody wants results NOW! Failure may also be physiological. In 1994 scientists discovered a chemical in the body called Leptin.

Leptin is known as the starvation hormone. Leptin is produced by fat cells and lets the brain know the body has enough energy. The more fat you have, the more leptin you have in your body. As you reduce your energy intake(going on a diet) and increase the amount of stress on the body(exercise), Leptin levels will tell the body it is starving, producing the overwhelming, subconscious urge to over eat. If the body undergoes a significant amount of fat loss in a short period of time, Leptin levels will remain the same and many whom have had dramatic weight loss in a short period will almost always put the weight back on. (Robert H. Lustig, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the Endocrine Society’s Obesity Task Force.

If you are serious about achieving your goals, here is some advice to help you on your journey:

1) Change Your Mindset. Stop looking for immediate results and plan for long-term, life-long solutions. Your subconscious mind has fed you negative information for long enough. Stop feeding into a negative mindset and make a change to a positive mindset. The next time you hear yourself saying, “I can’t”, start asking, “How can I?”

2) Set realistic goals. Appropriate and healthy weight loss is around 1-2 pounds a week. Setting the goal of losing 10 pounds in a month is unrealistic and can be hurtful. Also stop looking at your past self and setting goals based on what you used to be able to do. If you are doing this, you are setting yourself up for failure. Start looking at your present and future self and setting goals based on what you can do now and what is within the realm of possibility. Also don’t set goals based on what others achieve. There is only one you, so set personal goals. “We always emphasized with the boys that whatever they did to try their best. You don’t have to be the best. Just do your best and you’ll be happy about yourself.” (Bryan Toews father of Jonathan Toews, Chicago Sun-Times, September 22, 2010)

3) Seek gradual improvement over immediate results. Good physical fitness is based on consistency that lasts over a lifetime. Examine your food intake and your fitness habits. Make choices that will enable you to have a life time of health and wellness. Don’t fall for gimmicks that promise immediate and sustainable results.

4) Consult a fitness professional. Good trainers will work with you in achieving the realistic results you would like to achieve. They will tell you when something isn’t safe or realistic and will be able to guide to safer, more realistic outcomes. Also remember it takes time to achieve training goals.


Good luck on your fitness journey but remember it takes more than luck. Use these ideas to help you be your best!