Welcome the new year! And the New YOU!

As you’ve heard from CNN, ABC, and NBC, the number one New Year’s resolution is to diet and get into shape. Unfortunately, too many people fail to follow through with this self improving goal and are left more discouraged than ever. Some of the most common reasons people fall off the weight loss wagon include: not personalizing a resolution and plan, and setting the bar unrealistically high. Here are 6 tips to give you the upper hand and help you achieve your 09 success.

  • Give yourself a goal. Deciding to just “lose weight” or “get into shape” is too general and allows for you to make too many compromises. Whether you choose to lose 5 pounds, 50 pounds, or just an inch around your waist, make a decision. Once you have a goal and a finish line in sight- you’ll be much more likely to see it through.
  • Be realistic! Lofty goals aren’t accomplished over night. Most people forget they even made a New Years resolution by March! Why? Because they expected too much and too quickly! They were way to hard on themselves, became discouraged, went for the cake, and never came back. Accept that this weight loss business takes time and commitment, you’ll be thankful you stuck to it.
  • Personalize your plan. There is no easy way out of this one! What worked for your best friend might not work for you. We all have different metabolisms, different cravings, different weaknesses and different strengths. Accept that. Find what works for you and go with it.
  • Remember your feelings. Rule of thumb: if eating something makes you feel good about yourself, go with it! If you feel like you’re falling into a pit of self loathing crap 20 minutes after you eat it- remember that feeling. Chances are you wont want to feel that way again for a loooooong time.
  • Count! Yeah yeah yeah- counting calories is annoying and tedious. But guess what? It works. You wanna lose a little everyday? Go to this handy calculator. As you’ll see it takes a number of factors into consideration when figuring the appropriate number of calories one should consume daily. Simply aim to consume fewer calories than needed to maintain your current weight. It’s just math. Burn more than you consume- even if slowly- the weight will come off.
  • Create a mantra. I didn’t even really know what a mantra was until I started examining what diet tricks worked for people, and many people have had great success with this one! My favorite thus far “I don’t want to feel like crap anymore!” (This person remembered her feelings!) And when you’ve met your goal you can change that to “I never want to feel that way again!” Another good one: “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Whatever works for you- whatever your motivation is, don’t let yourself forget why you chose this resolution in the first place.
What seems to work for people most frequently is commitment. Its the single more important factor in a health plan. And should you fall off the wagon for a day, or even two, don’t allow it to discourage you so much that you quit! Instead, remember how it makes you feel and make it your motivation.



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