Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

list of resolutions According to 2015 Nielsen data, pledging to lose weight is the most popular New Year’s resolution. Yet, how many of us have made this resolution and not seen it through? It can be difficult to meet a goal when it’s either too grand or not specific enough. We offer 7 tips to help you turn the tables on the New Year’s resolution curse in 2017.

1. Make a Real Plan

Many people struggle to lose weight because their goals are too vague. If you can’t answer these three questions, your goal is likely not specific enough:

  • How many pounds do you want to lose?
  • In what amount of time?
  • What changes do you plan to make?

Goals that work are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. “I’m going to lose 30 pounds in a month” is specific, yet not very realistic! Try setting a goal that meets all five of these criterion.

2. Take Small Steps

Similar to setting goals that are SMART, you’re more likely to reach an overarching goal by accomplishing small goals along the way. Rather than “my resolution is to lose weight,” consider “I’m going to eliminate sugary drinks from my diet and drink more water daily.” Once you’ve made that transition, continue taking small steps to the larger goal.

3. Understand What You’re Eating

We don’t always think about calorie count when we’re eating – or drinking. Did you know that some of your favorite beverages could be contributing to weight gain? The next time you’re at Starbucks, skip the frappucino with whipped cream and save yourself 500+ calories. Eliminating foods from our diet that we don’t normally think about is a good place to start when you’re looking to cut back on calories.

4. Don’t Give Up Everything

Diet should never be about deprivation. If you’re concerned about holiday weight gain, the solution is not to limit your diet to celery sticks in January. Focus on restructuring your diet to include foods that have health benefits and eliminate temptation. Although it’s not recommended that you keep chocolate or your favorite ice cream in the house, you can treat yourself to a small amount once a week so you don’t feel completely deprived.

5. Find a Workout You Enjoy

For some people, diet is the lesser of two evils when it comes to weight loss. Exercise can be intimidating, time consuming and even boring to people who haven’t made a habit of it. The key is to find a regimen that you enjoy, so it doesn’t feel like torture. Maybe a group fitness class is right for you; they’re fun and have a social aspect that solitary activities lack. Or, you really enjoy alone time and would prefer running on the treadmill.

6. Hold Yourself Accountable

Have you been frustrated in the past by a lack of results? If your weight loss attempts have fallen flat the last few years, it’s time to hold yourself accountable for your actions! Write down your meals and snacks, keep track of any physical activity and record your weight. As you compare weeks, you’ll probably notice some days were better than others. That’s okay, but having your setbacks written in ink should motivate you to be better.

7. Find a Partner

Lastly, a friend in need is a friend indeed! If you and a friend make the same resolution to lose weight each year, but don’t lean on each other for support, it’s unlikely that either one of you will reach your goals. When you feel like giving up, having someone to turn to (who is in the same situation as you, no less) is a real source of motivation.

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