New year, new you? Here’s how to make 2021 the year you stop fighting your biology.

January 17, 2021

The new year is a time when many of us think about making a fresh start.

Surveys have shown that over 70% of us make new year's resolutions, many of them involving dieting or new fitness regimes to lose weight and get healthier.

But after a few weeks of restrictive misery, most of us ditch our new diets and regimes before the end of January. January 17th has been dubbed Ditch Resolutions Day as it’s the time when many people give up on their new year’s goals.

If that sounds all too familiar, we'd like to propose something different. Instead of fighting against your biology, why not make 2021 the year that you better understand and work with your body to reach your health and weight goals?

Instead of telling you what to do, ZOE gives you in-depth insights into your unique biology so you can feel empowered to make the best decisions for your own body, work together with your body and get healthier without restriction. Here are our tips for starting the year off right.

1. Ditch the crash diets once and for all

Let’s face it: restrictive diets leave us feeling hungry and miserable. What’s more, they just don’t work. 

When you drastically cut down on the amount of food and calories you are eating, your body uses every trick in the book to stop you from losing weight. 

Your hunger hormones go into overdrive and you become insatiably hungry, explaining why most of us give up on our diets in a matter of weeks.

To make things worse, studies have shown that when you crash diet, your metabolic rate decreases so you burn less energy, and your weight loss stalls. Crash diets also cause long term damage to your metabolism, making it even harder to maintain or lose weight in the future. 

At ZOE, we don’t believe in restrictive diets or limiting how many calories you can eat. Through understanding your responses to foods and working with your biology, rather than against it, you can reach your goals without the need for misery and restriction. 

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what Randi said about her ZOE experience:

“Following the plan is easy. Really easy, in fact. No foods are considered forbidden.”

2. Eat for your unique biology

Low-fat, low-carb, paleo, keto, Atkins, the cabbage soup diet (remember that??)... There are so many fad diets out there, it can be hard to know what or how to eat.

The good news is that there is no one “right” way of eating that works for everyone, but there is a best way to eat for you.

The recent DIETFITS study showed that some people lose more weight on low-fat diets, while others do better on low-carb diets. There were huge variations in responses to each diet, with some participants losing up to 30 kg, while others gained up to 10 kg. 

We believe that finding the best way to eat to reach your own health goals starts with understanding your unique responses to food. 

Through our research, we have found that we all process the carbohydrates and fats in our foods differently. Even identical twins can have very different responses to the same foods. 

That’s why when you do the ZOE Program, we start by analyzing your responses to food to help you identify the foods that work best for your body. Then we provide personalized food insights so you can choose the best foods for you and work with your biology instead of against it. 

3. Look beyond the scale and eat to feel better 

Even if you are eating enough calories to sustain yourself, your meal choices can still leave you feeling tired and hungry if your blood sugar levels are out of balance. 

When you eat foods that don’t suit your metabolism, your blood sugar levels rocket up and then come crashing down again.

Our PREDICT study has shown that the foods that cause these blood sugar spikes and crashes are different for everyone.

That’s why ZOE helps you identify the foods that work for your unique metabolism, so you can avoid unhealthy blood sugar responses and feel energetic all day long. 

“It is possible to eat in a manner where you eat foods you like, feel satisfied, are not constantly hungry, and actually lose weight,” says Tammy, who used the ZOE program to fight off fatigue and get her energy back. 

4. Go with your gut 

The trillions of bugs that live in your gut make up your unique microbiome. They contribute to the complex interplay between your diet and your overall health. 

Your gut bugs live off the food you eat, helping you digest and process your meals. They also play an important role in your responses to food and your metabolic health. 

Luckily, your gut microbiome can be modified by changing the foods you eat. That’s why gut health is a central part of the ZOE Program

We analyze your unique microbiome and identify the best foods to eat to boost your good gut bugs and support better gut health.

"My personalized insights have also made me more aware of the complex bacterial universe inside my gut and have helped me tailor my diet to ensure the beneficial bacteria prosper,” says Angie after following the ZOE program. 

Ready to make this the year you take back control of your health and weight? Start your journey with ZOE today.

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