New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions

Another year is almost gone, and it’s time to make your New Year’s resolutions! If one of your resolutions is to lose weight in the coming year, you should have a plan to make your resolution a reality. Do you plan to try using diet pills? Is it your goal to start eating healthier? If you’re like most people trying to lose weight, you’re looking for the secret to how to lose weight quickly. The truth is that the real secret lies in your day to day habits. Making only a few changes in your lifestyle could make all the difference in your weight loss success.

This year, when you make your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, turn it into a few smaller resolutions rather than one umbrella goal. Not only are smaller goals easier to accomplish, once you turn these smaller goals into reality you’ll see some definite changes in your health, how well you feel each day, AND your weight.

The first resolution you should put on your list is to eat healthier. Take a long look at the foods currently in your diet. What do you normally snack on? Are you eating fast food three or more times every week? What size portions are you eating? The best way to determine what changes you need to make is to keep a food diary for a week. Write down everything you eat and drink, including condiments and dressings. At the end of the week, you can evaluate your normal eating habits and replace any that are unhealthy.

A second resolution to include on your list is to exercise more. You don’t necessarily have to do a workout video or spend an hour a day at the gym (although that would be good too!). You can get more exercise by simply changing how you do things: take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further from the door, walk to the store instead of drive…you get the idea. Anything that gets you up and moving!
Making small goals should be another resolution. It’s much easier to stay motivated if you make small, attainable goals such as “I want to lose 3 lbs in the next 2 weeks”. You feel great when you meet that goal, and continue on to lose the next 3 lbs. If you simply say “I want to lose 30 lbs by summer”, it’s easy to get discouraged, lose track of your goals and quit altogether.

Last but not least, keep a diary of the foods you eat (including drinks) and the activities you do. Keeping a record of all your activities will also keep you motivated and on track. It also helps you recognize how much better eating healthier foods makes you feel! Keep in mind that you don’t have to completely eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet, simply limit them to occasional treats.

Meeting your New Year’s resolutions can be attainable; but, like other goals related to weight loss, you should make small, manageable goals. Set up a series of goals, and as you meet those goals, you can cross them off. Seeing a list, with a visual display of your progress, really helps motivate you and can lead you straight to success!

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