6 Tips To Help You Keep Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions
As we blaze into 2020 and the start of a new decade, what’s at the top of your New Year’s resolution list? If improving your health and fitness is always on your mind, it’s time to make this year the turning point.
Whether you already have a consistent routine or are struggling to gain traction, it’s never too late to work on your personal health. Prioritize yourself first and let’s make your weight loss journey or fitness routine stick around for the long term.
Together with our HealthSPORT team, we make it easy for you to get started, stay motivated, and leap over any hurdle.
But it starts with one thing first—your own desire and commitment for change.
So where do you start? Here are a few tips to help you stay on track as you crush your New Year’s weight loss resolutions:
1. Be Realistic About Your Goals
The fastest way to drop the ball on any New Year’s resolution is when we make lofty or near impossible goals for ourselves.
For example, making a pact to never eat fast food, ice cream, chips, or chocolate ever again until you reach “X” amount of weight is already setting you up to fail.
Instead, aim to make smaller achievable goals. This could be not eating chips or cookies during the week, reducing the number of snacks or processed foods you keep around the house, etc.
To help keep your motivation going strong, write out a pros and cons list of what’s working and what’s not. Develop the list over time so you’ll have something to refer back to when you need to reassess your next steps or a reminder of how far you’ve progressed.
2. Create a Plan of Action
The best way to lose weight? It starts with finding a routine and turning exercise into a habit.
Whether you want the expert advice from a personal trainer or are looking to explore your options first, start with recognizing three bad habits that are holding you back from your weight loss goals.
This could be your after dinner Netflix binges, going out to eat multiple times a week, or always feeling like you don’t have enough time.
Next, create a timeline of short and long term goals with deadlines. By setting a date to lose belly fat, it encourages you to take action and see where you want to be in one, three, or six months later.
If creating a plan for your fitness goals sounds like a daunting task, remember that our HealthSPORT healthy eating programs and personal trainers can help you create a customized fitness plan unique to your needs.
3. Get Support and Accountability
Share your resolution goals and weight loss program with your most loving supporters (family, friends, co-workers, your dog, etc.)
Even if they’ve heard it before, tell them again and continue to talk about it so they’ll be there to hold you accountable.
Sometimes, all we need is someone to ask us how the fitness plan is going or cheering us on when we’ve accomplished losing the first 10 pounds.
If you can find a fitness buddy with similar New Year’s weight loss resolutions, even better!
Together you can lift each other up, check in to make sure you’re both sticking to your plans, or be there for support during the tougher days.
4. Stay Persistent and Patient
There will be days where all you want to do is rest or a week where you might avoid the gym like the plague.
Setbacks can happen and it’s easy to brush off our goals until next month.
This is where your self-discipline and determination comes into play—think mind over matter.
Take it one step at a time.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
Change doesn’t happen overnight, so if you slip up and don’t see the progress you’re hoping for, don’t give up.
Studies have shown that on average it takes 66 days to adjust to a new habit depending on the person or circumstances.
So if you suddenly run out of steam or motivation a few months into the new year, don’t throw away your gym shoes just yet.
Start over and recommit to your plan the next day or the next week. Let whatever is holding you back run its course, then go back to the methods that recharge your motivation.
Before you know it, you’ll be back on track again.
5. Track Your Progress
Every step in your weight loss plan adds up to what you ultimately want to achieve.
You might not always think you’re making progress (our minds and mirrors can play tricks on us) but when you see the progress on paper or on a calendar, it’s easier to recognize your accomplishments.
So how can you ensure you’re effectively keeping tabs on your weekly or monthly progress?
Start a journal, buy a Fitbit, or use a fitness tracker app to record your journey.
6. Reward Yourself For Meeting Goals
Remember to reward yourself when you’ve met one of your goals for the week or month (that doesn’t compromise your resolution).
If you’re on a weight loss diet, the reward could be shopping for new workout clothes, watching a movie with a friend, treating yourself to a spa day, etc.
Sticking with any resolution is hard enough, but when it comes to the effort and energy involved with improving our health, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture.
But as you shed the weight and transform into a better version of yourself, don’t forget to enjoy your life and celebrate the milestones along the way.
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