It’s the holiday season, and many of us will be making a New Year’s resolution for healthy weight loss. But the majority of us–over 90%–won’t keep our resolutions for more than a few months. We want you to be the exception to the rule.
So here are some tips for making your weight loss resolution “stick”:
Have clear goals
Making your goals easy to measure will help you track your progress, and know when your goal is achieved. This is far better than a vague resolution. For example, instead of “lose weight”, a clearer resolution would be “lose ___ pounds (or ____ inches) per month”. This way, you know exactly how far you’ve come, what you’ve accomplished, and how you need to make adjustments from month to month to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.
Make your goal a part of your schedule or routine
. If your overall goal is weight loss, it makes sense to have fitness and nutrition goals as well. If you really want to make fitness a part of your life, schedule time for it every day, and do your best to stick to it. So if you want to run that daily mile before work, put it in your schedule for 7:30 AM each weekday, and set yourself reminders on your devices. Once you get in a routine, activities that promote healthy weight loss won’t just be resolutions, they’ll be good habits.
When you mess up, keep going.
We all make mistakes. We all stumble on the path to our goals. From the novice to the highest achiever, mistakes and slip-ups are just a part of life. So the difference between someone who does achieve their goals and someone who doesn’t isn’t that the “achiever” made no mistakes, it’s that the other person didn’t keep going in spite of such mistakes. If you haven’t met your goal yet– keep going! You can do it!
Share your goals.
Sharing your goals with others (close friends, family, or peers with the same goal) is a great way to stay accountable for meeting them. If you know other friends who have weight loss, fitness, or nutrition goals, set up a time to go to the gym together. If you live far apart, check in via Skype once a week to talk about your progress. Knowing you’re not alone in your victories or challenges makes a big difference.
There’s no “all or nothing”: every little bit helps!
Anytime you have a weight loss goal, it’s good to remember: each body is different. We all lose weight in different ways. So–if you’re not where you want to be with weight loss your goal at your next check-in–don’t get discouraged. Remember: you’re exercising, staying active, and practicing good nutrition. Sticking to these healthy habits = success. It’s not just about the number on the scale. It’s about a happy, healthy you!
Whether it’s deciding to make your goals more measurable, sharing them with a friend, or committing to “sticking with it”, we hope these tips will help you stay true to your weight loss resolutions in the coming year. Here’s to you!
Which of these strategies do you find most helpful? What’s a measurable weight loss, fitness, or nutrition goal you can set for the coming year? Tell us in the comments!