Keeping up health-minded resolutions may be a struggle a few weeks into the New Year, but Dr. Oz says that getting back on track doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
“It’s like driving a car,” Oz told Page Six in a recent interview. “When you miss a turn, your GPS doesn’t berate you for being a schmuck, it says ‘make an authorized U-turn.’”
Almost a month into 2019, the health guru told us that although making a resolution on January 1 is “absolutely the right thing to do,” he explained that most people ditch their promise soon after making it thanks to “false hope syndrome.”
“It happens because you make a resolution that’s really not that practical,” he explained. “So when you start to act on it you can’t fulfill your goals and then you just throw your hands up in the air and quit.”
Which is why 80 percent of resolutions fail by February, according to US News and World Report.
“People who make the right resolution overwhelmingly will succeed,” he added, touting goals that are very specific and are attainable for a long period of time as the most successful.
“Resolutions that are done quickly aren’t that valuable long term, whereas if you’re slow and steady you win the race.”
Addressing weight loss and health-related goals, the daytime talk show host explained that although it’s easy to get discouraged after indulging in junk food during a night out with friends or making an unhealthy choice for an unplanned meal, a positive mindset is all it takes to get back into a healthy routine.
“A lot of it is reframing negative thoughts into something positive so you don’t think, ‘I’m never going to lose weight, I’m a fatty,’” he said, adding, “don’t crush yourself under the weight of responsibility and then when you fail, blame yourself. Pick things that you enjoy doing anyway and because you’ll enjoy doing them for every day for the rest of your life.”
Declaring “people don’t plan to fail but they fail to plan,” he said, “I would automate my breakfast and lunch, there’s no excuse to reinvent the wheel for those two meals, and then dinner time you can play around,” and Sunday is planning day.
And as for exercise, Oz simply said, “if you can admit that you don’t have 10 minutes in the morning to do basic yoga or some calisthenics than you’re whole life is in disarray. 10 minutes a day in your home is something so insultingly short you can’t afford not to do it.”
The doctor himself starts his day with a 10-minute sun salutation yoga series with pushups and calisthenics mixed in at 6 a.m. before he’s out the door at 6:20 a.m.
Although his day-to-day meals consist of Greek yogurt for breakfast and salmon for lunch, Oz’s guilty pleasure is a pretty common cheat.
“I love chocolates,” he admitted. “I mean like huge bars of chocolate.”
“Once a week you oughta cheat, but don’t go crazy.”
But if it happens, the authorized U-turn is always an option.