5 Ways to Ace Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution
By Alyssa Kessl, RDN, LD, Expert Dietitian
Welcome to 2018! It’s only been four days, and we’ve already seen and spoken to multiple men and women in their forties, fifties, and sixties who want to put themselves first this year by losing weight, improving their energy and health, and gaining confidence to tackle the new year.
But the fact is, most people don’t know where to start with their weight loss resolution. In fact, research suggests that approximately half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% actually achieve them to their satisfaction!
If this sounds like you, I’ve got good news: I have 5 ways to optimize your chances of reaching your goals this year, and I’m going to share them with you.
1. Set the right goals.
Setting specific, measurable goals will ensure you are on the right track throughout the year. For example, instead of saying your goal is to “lose weight”, decide on a specific weight amount that you’d like to lose and choose a period of time to do it in. Or, rather than saying “I’m going to start eating healthy”, set a concrete nutrition goal to consume a certain number of calories a day.
2. Commit to your goal and tell others.
Let your family, friends, and coworkers know about your weight loss goals. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey that much easier and less intimidating! Plus, one of your friends or coworkers could even share the same goal. If you are hesitant about telling others, write down your resolution somewhere you can see it every day – bathroom mirror, refrigerator, daily planner, or your office cubicle.
3. Document your journey.
Keeping a detailed record of your daily nutrition intake, weight loss, and feelings will help you truly see what you’re consuming and where your problem areas are, as well as understand any emotional eating that may be occurring. There are many free phone apps that can help you keep a food and exercise log, but my go-to is the free “My Fitness Pal” app.
As you’re documenting your journey, remember that the scale is a decent way to track progress, but a measuring tape is even better! And definitely take pictures, even that dreaded initial photo. You won’t regret proof of how far you’ve come once you’ve reached your goals!
4. Don’t give up.
We are always our own worst critics, especially when it comes to our body image. Remember that minor missteps are normal and OK. Even if you decide to indulge in eating ice cream for dessert, don’t let that be an excuse to give up on your resolution. Leave the past where it belongs and try again the next day.
5. Celebrate your success.
The best part about setting, working towards, and achieving your goals are the rewards you reap. Fitting into your old jeans, feeling energetic and motivated, and higher self-confidence are all rewards you’ll experience as you start to lose weight. You can even treat yourself to a massage, new workout outfit, or a pair of tennis shoes. Just make sure when treating yourself that you pick something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution.You deserve it!
Haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet? Take some time to reflect on what you would like to accomplish in 2018 to improve your health and quality of life. Our providers are ready to help you feel better, live better, and look better – no matter your starting point. To see where you stand or to get started in our custom-tailored weight loss solution, fill out our online consultation form. Our team will review your information and contact you to get started.