For many, the turn of the New Year is synonymous with resolutions. Making resolutions at the beginning of each new year has become a time-honored tradition. Losing weight is the most popular resolution with women, However, according to some studies, nine out of ten women who make New Year’s resolutions will eventually break them, and a more than half won’t even make it until February.
Is it really difficult to keep our new year’s resolutions to lose weight?
Getting fit and losing weight after you pigged out over the holidays, eating and drinking like there was no tomorrow is a classic New Year’s resolution. With each year and each failed resolution, we begin to believe we cannot change. This is a common phenomenon that happens to many people.
Are you resolved to meet your weight-loss goals this year? Below are some helpful tips into practice and stick to your New Year’s resolutions all year.
Most people want to see a significant weight loss within a few months or hope to change eating habits within a few weeks. Nevertheless, the surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. Make small changes every week and they will add up in time. Creating unrealistic goals is one reason why New Year’s resolutions fail. Setting reasonable goals that you can achieve will reinforce your desire to continue to improve yourself. So it is essential that you have a realistic, healthy eating and exercise plan in place. Just keep track of every small success you make toward reaching your big goal (tracking your progress is another way to stay constantly reminded of your resolution).
A New Year’s Resolution to “lose weight” is too general. What is missing in the New Year’s Resolution ‘method’ of weight loss is that fundamental change is not a matter of willpower. Keeping a positive self-image will make you feel better and keep you motivated to eat healthier. Reforming your habits is all about committing to change. A fit body requires a commitment to long-term healthy eating as well as sensible diet modifications when necessary. If you feel like you’ve got unhealthy habits, change them. Look at the bad habits you have to give up and replace to achieve your fitness goals. In doing so, you’ll quickly find out whether you are willing to make the trade-offs. If you are unwilling to develop defensive strategies, stop where you are. Spare yourself the frustration of another cycle of failing to lose weight. If you want to do something with your body that you can’t currently do, change that as soon as possible. Just be clear about your reasons for losing weight. Keep and try what works, and let go of any dietary assumptions that don’t seem to be working.
While some New Year revelers may want to keep their resolutions private and confront them alone, others do better when they’re motivated by their friends. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. Family and friends could even provide helpful nudges throughout the year. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
If your resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. New year’s resolutions are hard to live up to, but with a little extra effort, you can meet your weight-loss goal this year. After a season of bingeing on sweets, fatty and oily holiday dishes, it’s time to put into action your new year’s resolution to get fit.
The time to think about resolutions is not on New Year’s Eve. It’s in the middle of the year, when nobody else is thinking about them. Although there’s nothing wrong with using the start of a new year to signify the start of a major change in one’s life. However, we can’t treat those changes the same way we treat the holiday, once the novelty of the day wears off, so does the resolutions. We can’t do that to ourselves.