3 New Year Resolutions That Are Bad For Your Health

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When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, it renews our desire to make positive changes in the year to come, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a diet- or fitness-related resolution on their list. While recommitting to your health goals is important some resolutions can actually do more harm than good.

Before you wake up on January 1, leave these 3 unhealthy tactics in 2016 and make 2017 your healthiest year yet.

3. To hit the weight room

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Strength training is an important part of any exercise regimen and may even boost metabolism and lower blood pressure. But just as with trendy workouts, weight lifting comes with its own set of special considerations, from how much weight to use to proper form.

When signing up for a new gym membership, take advantage of the free personal training session that comes with it. This is a great opportunity to pick a professional’s brain. Feel free to take control and tailor the session to what you want to know. You can ask the trainer to show you how to use all of the equipment, demonstrate proper form, and even put together a series of exercises to get you started.

2. To Lose 15 pounds by the end of the month

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While it may be motivating to choose a lofty resolution to spur you into action, setting unattainable goals can be a slippery slope, causing you to fall right off the resolution bandwagon.

“At the start of the new year, we are all motivated and sometimes become overly excited and set unrealistic goals that usually end in failure,” says Angeles Burke, a personal trainer in Tampa, Florida. “Set yourself up for success by starting off with small resolutions that will help you form good habits and help you reach your end goal in a timely and realistic way.” A better alternative is to focus on extinguishing bad habits instead of the numbers, making weekly resolutions like “I will not eat in front of the TV” or “I will bring my lunch to work.”

1. To cut out any and all carbs

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While eating loads of refined carbs like white bread and processed foods can definitely inhibit weight loss, there are a slew of healthy carbohydrates that may actually aid in the weight-loss process while offering up healthy nutrients, too.

While added sugars that show up in processed foods like cakes, candy, and cookies should be limited, Sasson urges people to keep plant foods like beans, fruits, and veggies on the menu since they provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other important micronutrients. A diet rich in whole grains has even been associated with smaller waistlines, So adding them in can help your weight-loss efforts instead of hinder them.