Science of goals behind weight loss resolutions each year

If you are like most people, you have probably made New Year's resolutions to lose weight. And, if you are like most people, you have not been able to keep those resolutions. One of the reasons people find it so hard to keep their resolutions is because they don't have a plan. On New Year's Eve, it's very easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new beginning and simply decide to lose weight. That approach rarely works, if ever. If you want to be able to actually stick to your resolution to lose weight, you must have a plan.

  1. Set a Goal
    Decide on an amount of weight you want to lose and make sure it is realistic. Also, set an amount of time that you want to take in order to achieve this goal. Remember, be realistic; if you set unachievable goals, you will be more likely to give up on your resolutions.

  2. Get to Work
    You don't have to join a gym in order to lose weight. You can exercise for free in your home, apartment, or in the great outdoors. There are plenty of free exercise plans on the internet, or you could check with your local library for books on health, fitness, and nutrition. Many towns offer free health and wellness community groups as well. You may want to invest in some light workout equipment, but remember, your goal is to lose weight and keep your resolution, not to build a home gym.

  3. Have Accountability
    Now that you've figured out what workout path you're going to take, there are some things you can do to keep yourself on track. Having an accountability partner is a great way to not only help stick to your resolutions, but also, it's a great way to exercise with a friend. You and your accountability partner can workout together and help to keep each other on track to reaching your individual goals.

    One of the biggest reasons people don't keep their resolutions to lose weight is because they end up cheating on their plan. Little lapses and slips here and there begin to add up and before you know it, you've completely given up. An accountability partner can help to get you back on track when you have a slip up.

  4. Slip Ups are OKAY
    Speaking of slip ups, you should expect them. Another big reason people don't stick to their New Year's resolutions to lose weight is because they get discouraged. There are going to be days where you eat an extra piece of cake or days where you won't exercise. It happens to the best of us, so don't give up. When you slip up, simply get back on track and resolve to do better next time. Something that can help with this is to write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight. 

    Whether it is for your health, for your family, or to simply feel better, writing down your reasons on a small card and carrying it with you can help to give you some motivation. When you slip up or when you don't feel like sticking to your plan, pull out the card and remember what you chose to lose weight for in the first place.

  5. Give Yourself Rewards
    Just like using the card, give yourself little rewards from time to time for achieving small goals. These small rewards, like an extra 15 minutes in front of the tv for an extra 30 minutes of working out, can act as great incentives to keep you moving forward.

Finally, once you have lost the amount of weight you set out to lose, don't stop living healthy. Many people will work so hard to lose weight and get in shape, and once they have achieved their goal, they stop working out and eating right and gain the weight back. This can be very discouraging and will only end with you making resolutions next New Year's. Once you attain a healthy lifestyle, keep it for life.

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