How to Make and Keep a New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight
Most New Year’s resolutions include one on losing weight. Most of these resolutions fail; some fail because they weren’t realistic and others fail because they lacked a real plan. Well here are five simple steps that show you how to lose weight and how to keep it off in the New Year.
Keep It Simple
The first requirement is to keep the goal simple enough that you can honestly commit to it. Your weight loss resolution should read something like the following: “I will lose 20 pounds in six months and keep it off through December.” It doesn’t specify exactly how you have to achieve it. It doesn’t call for a tough diet or a diet of any kind. It just establishes the basic goal.
Make The Weight Loss Goal Realistic
You need to make your weight loss resolution realistic. Learning how to lose 20 pounds over six months is a lot easier to commit to and succeed in doing than trying to lose 20 pounds in two months, or 50 pounds in six months. If it’s realistic you won’t quickly lose heart. Progress will be slower but you’ll be able to really lose the weight.
Get It Going Right Away
You’ll need to get your weight loss program going right away. But you can do that easily if you just commit to forming one new habit. New habits are easier to form than old habits are to be broken. So our strategy to get going is to start a daily walking program. Where you walk doesn’t matter as long as it’s safe. But when you walk can matter. The best plan in my experience is to start walking before you eat breakfast. That way you always know when it has to be done and all you have to do is postpone your breakfast a little while. But you really have to commit to this. No eating at all until you’ve done your morning walk. This is the schedule I followed when I was a runner and went to work every day. It works a treat!
Keep It Going
You’ll be able to keep the walking program going easily because it’s not a difficult, complex diet, and after eight to ten weeks it will be a solid habit. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss some days, just resume the habit as soon as possible.
This is a lifestyle change habit. It should be permanent because of the numerous health benefits of getting fitter.
Keep It Off
After six months you should have reached your goal of losing 20 pounds. You will also have built a bit more muscle in the lower body which will increase your resting metabolism. Plus, if you gave yourself or received a Christmas present for a Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig program, then you’ll have a support program for making wiser food choices and eating smaller portions. Keep walking and apply what you’ve learned about healthy eating and you will keep the weight off and possibly lose more in the second half of the year.
Celebrate Successful Weight Loss
It’s the end of the year, you’ve made it and are still walking, even if it’s at home to a DVD program. You’ve lost the weight and kept it off or possibly lost more than you committed to. That’s great! It’s time to party! You’ve earned it!
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