Millions of people are looking forward to the new year, hoping that it will be better than the last. Most of us want to exercise more, eat healthier, and spend more time with family. But unfortunately, these aims often remain mere wishes. Why is it so hard to keep New Year’s resolutions and how can Mana help?
According to a survey conducted in December of 2019 by Ipsos, the most common New Year’s resolutions are as follows:
- Exercise more
- Eat healthier
- Save more money
- Make more time for friends, family, and self
- Be more environmentally friendly
We can certainly agree that if everyone did these five things, the world would be a better place.
Why is it so hard to keep New Year’s resolutions?
To answer this question, we need to look at what the effort to change actually does to us physiologically. In order to function properly, our bodies must maintain a state of homeostasis, i.e. an equilibrium of internal processes. What does this have to do with keeping New Year’s resolutions, you might ask? The answer is simple. Because we can’t maintain a high level of performance at all times, we get exhausted easily. So, for example, if we decide to lose weight and suddenly reduce our calorie intake, our bodies will try to maintain the level of fat that they did previously, and this costs us energy. The same principle applies to motivation. That’s why it’s so hard to keep our resolutions—we set the bar too high in good faith and expect immediate results.
But breaking old habits takes a while. Researchers from University College London conducted a study in 2009 in which the habits of 96 adult volunteers were examined for 12 months. They found that it takes an average minimum of 66 days to form a lasting habit, though periods ranged from 18 to 254 days. So, no need to panic or quit if things don’t work out quite like you imagined in the first few weeks of January. Remember, you’ll probably need at least 2 months.
Is there a way to better keep our resolutions?
First and foremost, take it one step at a time and don't expect instant gratification. At the beginning of the article, we listed the most common New Year’s resolutions—exercise more, eat healthier, save more money, make more time for friends, family, and self, and be more environmentally friendly. These are all major lifestyle changes that can and should last a lifetime, so cut yourself a bit of slack if things don't work out in January. There's also more good news: Mana can help with all of these goals. Here's how.
Exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand. Not only does Mana contain all the nutrients your body needs, it’s also ultra-convenient, so you can focus more on training less on food prep. And even though it will fill you up, it won’t make you feel heavy, so it’s a great meal solution before, during, or after training. In fact, Mana is used by all kinds of athletes, from amateur to pro, from footballers to bobsledders. Read this blog article to see what they say about it.
Save time and money. Many people with healthy lifestyles spend a lot of time preparing food, and often pay inflated prices for quality ingredients. But with Mana, that doesn’t have to be the case. To put things in perspective, consider the following. If the average home-cooked meal costs €3 to make, then each box of ManaPowder, which contains 35 meals, will save you €40-50 in food expenses. Furthermore, assuming every meal takes 20 minutes to prepare and eat, you would save over 120 hours per year by drinking ManaPowder or ManaDrink once per day. That’s a lot of extra time for friends, family, and self!
Help the environment. There are many things you can do to help the environment, but one of the big ones is keeping a plant-focused diet. Mana can assist with this, too, because it’s made with sustainable ingredients and technology. Every ingredient we use is thoroughly tested in our own and state-certified labs, and subject to clinical study by other global institutions, which helps us select only those ingredients that have high nutritional content relative to their ecological footprint. We take a number of other steps to help the environment as well, which you can read about here.
So, how about doing things a little bit differently in 2021?
 Statista.com. (2019) America's Top New Year's Resolutions for 2020.
 Psychology Today. (2015) Why Is It So Darn Hard to Keep New Year’s Resolutions? https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/motivate/201512/why-is-it-so-darn-hard-keep-new-year-s-resolutions
 Verywellmind.com. (2020) How the Process of Homeostasis Works. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-homeostasis-2795237
 P Lally, Cornelia H. M. Van Jaarsveld, Henry W. W. Potts, Jane Wardle. (2010) How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world. http://repositorio.ispa.pt/bitstream/10400.12/3364/1/IJSP_998-1009.pdf
 F. L. Greenway, International Journal of Obesity. (2015) Physiological adaptations to weight loss and factors favouring weight regain. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275278815_Physiological_adaptations_to_weight_loss_and_factors_favouring_weight_regain