How to Keep This Year’s Resolution

As you’re probably well aware of, you’re not the only person in the world deciding that 2011 is the year you’ll finally lose weight and get in better shape. Millions of people every year decide to make this New Years resolution, and the vast majority unequivocally fails.

Why the failure? It all has to do with the “on-a-whim” nature of which people resolute to change.

For example: Tommy, who is overweight and whose life is filled up with bad habits, realizes the New Year is upon him and realizes that the way he’s living now isn’t the best way to live. He knows he’s unhealthy; he knows he needs to change. But simply saying the words and coming to the conclusion isn’t nearly enough.

As February approaches, Tommy’s diet is caput and he’s worse off than when he started.

Why People Fail to Lose Weight after their Resolution

It’s really easy to fail, and it’s very hard to succeed. And we don’t mean hard as in labor-intensive or back-breaking work. We’re speaking more about the total lifestyle change it takes to accomplish a new you for the New Year.

Dieting isn’t simply cutting back. It’s a complete change, from the way you approach shopping to the way you cook and the way you eat.

Exercising isn’t simply about stepping up and down on a box for five minutes every three days. It’s about living an active lifestyle where you’re just naturally moving and staying healthy.

People fail to live up to their own expectations because:

  • They can’t make the necessary menu changes or control portion size
  • It’s just too easy to fall back into old habits and to give up
  • Results are very rarely immediate and people get discouraged
  • Most resolutions are only half-hearted to begin with
  • There’s absolutely no motivation to keep them going

These are just a few reasons that people fail to lose weight when they make a resolution. Trust me; there are probably hundreds more out there.

What we’ll focus on in this article is how you can actually stay on top of your goals and make sure that you’re keeping the resolution you make.

Keeping Your Resolution

In order to keep up with any lifestyle change, whether it’s wearing a new pair of shoes or switching glasses (not that they’d be consider huge changes, mind you), you need to get results or else you’re going to switch back.

If the shoes are uncomfortable and can’t perform, you’re not going to wear them. If your glasses hurt and blur your vision and make you look like Buddy Holly, you’re probably going to toss them out.

Keep this in mind for any weight-loss New Years resolution. It’s all about:

  • Staying comfortable
  • Finding the right fit
  • Adaptability into your lifestyle
  • Results

A diet, while definitely a lifestyle change, doesn’t have to be a lifestyle reversal. You don’t starve yourself to lose weight; you simply change your eating patterns and switch to healthier food. Likewise, you don’t kill yourself with exercise and go from 0 to buff in a day; you slowly and comfortably incorporate the changes.

Lastly, you’re going to need results. Unless you can actually see that you’re losing weight and feeling the difference, you’re going to abandon this diet and revert back to your old ways.

So here’s what we’ll do in order to keep this year’s resolution:

  • Start slowly by rearranging your diet. Remove 500 calories from your food, remove the junk food (chocolate, chips, cakes, snacks, etc), replace it with healthier foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc), and go from there
  • Eat less! Instead of eating three larger meals per day, start in the morning with a small breakfast and eat a small meal every three hours or so. You should eat four to six smaller meals per day – in the 250 to 400 calorie range
  • Increase your activity incrementally. Most people want immediate results to keep them going, but a lot of people struggle to incorporate exercise into their lives. Start slowly with activity until you can reach a point where you’re exercising roughly 20 minutes per day
  • Weigh yourself often. This is how you will stay motivated – you’ll realize the diet is working! As long as you can follow the menu cutbacks and stay active, you will lose weight! By weighing yourself, you’ll see it falling off.
  • Set small goals. After a few weeks, you’ll notice that the 4, 5, 6 pounds a week have turned to 1s and 0s. This is when you have to set small goals. Tell yourself that you’re going to lose 2 pounds in a week, and work towards it!
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