Posted on January 28th, 2011
In case your New Year’s Resolution was to lose weight (hey, that’s the most common New Year’s Resolution!), how about finding a way to keep it? Most “lose weight” resolutions are eventually broken, but we believe it IS possible to stick with a weight loss plan, long-term. Here are a few tips to help you (and us!) stick with this year’s “lose weight” resolution:
- Make it specific. A general “I will eat less and lose weight in 2011” is not going to work. It’s too vague. Instead, try to break it down into small, manageable steps. These can include “I will lower my soda consumption to just one can per day,” “I will go for a brisk walk every night after dinner,” or similar resolutions – as long as they are very specific and manageable.
- Start small! Set an achievable weight loss goal to prevent unnecessary disappointments, and as you go through the process of changing your habits, get rid of just one bad habit each month. Once you get used to each new habit, it will be easier to add another one.
- Lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. Don’t view this is as a “diet” that has a start and an end. Rather, this is a lifestyle change, and this is your new life from now on.
- Don’t starve yourself. If you eat too few calories, you will slow down your metabolism, and you won’t be able to stick with the plan. Set a reasonable meal plan and allow yourself a cheat meal once a week so you don’t feel deprived.
- Don’t be hard on yourself! This is your new life – and unless you’re perfect (who is?) you’re bound to slip once in a while. Don’t punish yourself, and certainly don’t turn each setback into a huge binge. Try to forgive yourself, and continue with the plan – starting at your very next meal.
If you’ve ever resolved to lose weight and have succeeded, we would love to hear your tips!