11 Jan 5 Strategies for Sticking to Your New Year Resolution to Lose Weight
Many New Year’s resolutions are out the window by February. Don’t be that person. Here’s how to actually stick to your new year resolution to lose weight!
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Is this the year that you plan to drop those last stubborn pounds finally?
Many people make a New Year resolution to lose weight. Despite great intentions, many of those people lose steam within a few weeks.
That’s because, when it comes to weight loss, failing to plan is synonymous with planning to fail. If you want to stick to your goals, you need a plan!
Let’s get into it.
1. Create A SMART Goal
Do you want to know why so many people struggle to stick to their resolutions? The problem isn’t with the person, it’s with the resolution.
When you make a very broad or generic claim (i.e., get healthier or lose weight), you aren’t providing yourself with specific goals to achieve. After all, how does one really measure “getting healthier?”
SMART goals, on the other hand, require you to focus and describe exactly what you hope to accomplish.
SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. In other words, you should stack your goal to see how it compares to these criteria.
For instance, instead of phrasing it, I want to lose weight, consider making the concrete goal of, I will lose twenty pounds, and I will track my nutrition, exercise three times per week, and weigh myself once per week to meet my goal.
2. Fall In Love With Meal Prepping
Yes, you can eat at your favorite restaurant when trying to lose weight. However, when it comes to sustainable weight loss, mastering your kitchen is king. When you cook your food, you maintain total control over what you are (and are not) eating.
Meal prepping saves you tremendous time, money, and energy every day. When you meal prep, you have plenty of healthy food readily available. And, if you’re always on the go, meal prepping is a no-brainer.
Don’t leave yourself up to guesswork. When left to our own devices, we’re prone to making poor decisions (especially when we’re starving).
Instead, devote a few hours each week to organize, plan, and prepare your weekly meals. Keep in mind that you don’t need to be a world-class chef. You just need to be consistent and dedicated.
Start by creating a weekly menu with meals that actually excite you. Need some inspiration? Google is your friend. There are infinite recipes online that can meet every goal, dietary restriction, and taste bud.
For the first few weeks, you’ll be experimenting. You’ll like some of the dishes more than others. However, you must take the time to figure out what works best for you.
3. Commit To A Workout Program
Do you find yourself wandering around the gym a few times a week and stringing a few exercises together? Or do you continue to procrastinate and downright avoid the gym altogether?
Regardless, we all know that exercise is an essential component of weight loss. However, it can be tricky to find the motivation to stay consistent!
Instead of trying to psych yourself up every day, why not consider finding a specific training program that will hold you accountable to your goals? Or, why not consider hiring a personal trainer to help customize a plan for you?
4. Track Your Food
Most people grossly underestimate the number of calories they consume each day. It’s not necessarily their fault. Food, especially meals at restaurants, can be incredibly deceiving.
Furthermore, it’s easy for us all to overlook a few bites here and a few noshes there. Most of us snack throughout the day mindlessly. It’s only when we start to look at the numbers do we realize how much we may be actually consuming.
Modern technology makes it easier than ever to track your food. Download a free smartphone app like MyFitnessPal to get started. From there, you simply input your daily meals and snacks.
Some of the apps even allow you to scan labels directly. They also have features where you can input future meals if you anticipate eating something specific later that day.
Tracking your food can be eye-opening. Calories are one thing to consider. But you may also be surprised how much fat, sugar, or carbohydrates you are eating as well.
5. Celebrate Your Successes
Weight loss isn’t an easy task! It requires determination and dedication. Moreover, you can do everything “right,” and still find yourself struggling.
That’s why it’s so essential that you acknowledge your milestones along the way. Unfortunately, most of us pair celebrations with food. From parties to weddings to work promotions, we tend to celebrate our successes with indulgence.
But it’s possible to change that line of thinking. For example, what about investing $5 or $10 for every pound you lose? After achieving your goal, treat yourself to some awesome, new clothes!
What about celebrating with a new workout class that you’ve always wanted to try. Kayaking? Zumba? Pole dancing?
Focus on indulging senses other than food. Wouldn’t you love to treat yourself to a ninety-minute massage? Or listen to your favorite band play live?
Finally, don’t feel ashamed for honoring yourself. You are an awesome success story, and you deserve to bask in all the glory you worked so hard to achieve!
Stick To Your New Year Resolution To Lose Weight
Are you ready to make 2019 your healthiest year yet? With the right tools and preparation, you’ll be well on your way to committing to your New Year resolution to lose weight.
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