How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight
With the New Year right around the corner, you might be setting your sights on a healthier 2016. Of the nearly 50% of Americans who make New Years resolutions, the number one resolution, according to Statistics pulled from the University of Scranton is to lose weight, and not far behind that is to get and stay healthy.
So, with so many people aiming to make the New Year a healthy year, we have pulled together some realistic goals, and some tips to maintain your goals. Because there is nothing worse than reviewing your resolution in February and feeling like you have not accomplished a thing.
If your goal is to lose weight, the first step is to set a realistic amount to lose and create a time frame. Knowing that you are not going to reach your goals over night will allow you to stay on track. Pam Peeke, M.D. explains the key is going into the resolution knowing that you are not just out for immediate results. “You want results yesterday, and desperation mode kicks in. Beware of the valley of quickie cures,” Peeke tells Health Magazine.
Avoiding fad diet trends, and extreme measures like going to the gym for hours, you not only lose weight, but keep the weight off once you lose it. With this in mind, you also have to know that there are going to be bumps in the road. The weight loss journey is a change of lifestyle, and its not just temporary.
Peeke understands that the journey is difficult, and suggests bringing a friend or significant other along for the ride, “That’s why it’s important to have someone there on a regular basis to get you through those rough times.” If you don’t have a friend who has an aligning resolution, there are plenty of other techniques that you can use to keep up with your goals.
Using technology can be a great daily reminder, and can help you on many different aspects of your weight loss, or health goals. Using fitness tracking apps is an easy way to get workout ideas, and track your food intake. Health Line suggests the “7 Minute Workout” App, which is a simple way to get voice promoted workouts throughout the day. This app is great for beginners who just need a way to get moving.
Food journal apps can do everything from tracking what you eat, to suggesting calorie intake for the day, depending on your goals. According to Redbook, a great food tracker app is My Fitness Pal. This smart and interactive app also remembers your food and recipe as you log them, and begins to recognize eating habits.
Finally, maintaining a positive attitude throughout your resolution journey will help you work to achieve your goal and change of lifestyle. According to Carolyn O’Neil, author of The Slim Down Cookbook, eating right is all about remaining positive, and these positive thoughts resonate from the kitchen table, to the gym.
“Always have a positive attitude. Being healthier is something every one of us can do; whether it’s [resolving] to get an hour more sleep each night, cook dinner twice a week, or drink more water. Instead of dragging your feet and thinking that being healthier is something you have to do, make it positive so it’s something you really want to do,” O’Neil tells The Washington Post.
So, with the New Year right around the corner, look forward to your resolution, don’t dread it. Your positive attitude and motivation is what will push your goal past January and help you achieve a permanent lifestyle change, not just a temporary change of mindset.