The Top 9 Reasons New Year's Resolutions Fail (And How to Beat Them)

Is your New Year's resolution doomed to fail? Learn how to stay on track with New Year's resolution advice from some of the fitness industry's top minds.

Fail #3: Going Cold Turkey

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Fail #3: Going Cold Turkey

Swearing off sweets for life may sound like a good idea, but your strict resolve may be setting you up for failure. "People often resolve to totally eliminate a certain food, food group or guilty pleasure, and then soon feel totally deprived," says Pam Nisevich Bede, a sports nutritionist at Swim, Bike, Run, Eat!. And deprivation usually leads to a binge somewhere down the line.

Overcome It: Instead of foregoing your favorite indulgences, try cutting down the number of servings significantly—but still giving yourself an occasional treat. "It's better to set a goal of eliminating one serving of your guilty pleasure each day or week," Bede says. Try the "everything in moderation" approach. Another winning approach: replace unhealthy snacks with more nutritious options, like trading in your afternoon potato chip fix for peanut butter and crackers.

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