The holidays are over. All the eggnog is gone, the treats have been eaten and the excuses for allowing yourself to indulge are no more. It’s no wonder the average American gains between 5-8 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
It’s also no wonder the number one New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. Sadly, however, nearly 50 percent of those who set the goal to lose weight actually stick to their goal.
Cheer up! We have some tips to help you stick to your weight loss New Year’s Resolution so that 2018 can be your best year yet:
- Instead of being broad in your goal, be specific. Don’t resolve yourself to saying, “I’m going to lose weight this year.” Instead, resolve yourself to saying, “I’m going to lose X amount of pounds in X amount of time.” The key here is to pace yourself based on how much you want to lose. It took time for you to put weight on. It’s going to take time for you to take weight off.
- Think positively. Behavior only changes from positive action.
- Tell your friends and family. Changing your habits for good will affect your inner circle of friends. Let them know what you’re trying to do, and ask for their support to help you achieve your goal.
- Confront your food temptations: Change your environment to help with your weight goals. Get rid of food that won’t help you reach your goal.
- Make a list of the real reasons you want to lose weight. Is it because of your health? Your family? Your personal self-confidence? If you lack “real” reasons for change, you’re more likely to return to bad habits.
- If you slip, don’t give up! Everyone slips up. Those who are successful are able to forgive themselves and get back on track. The key is to never give up.
- Realize you never stop bad habits. You only replace them with another habit. In addition to your goal of losing weight; also consider a new “habit” to assist you in your endeavor. But make it a positive habit.
Finally, commit yourself. Weight loss should not be taken lightly. Make your weight loss a priority and don’t allow yourself to stay on the back burner. It’s also a good idea to visit your Primary Care Physician for advice on a healthy diet and exercise plan to keep you on task.
Let this New Year be the best year yet. There’s nothing more important than good health. Give it to yourself!