How To Make Achievable New Year Resolutions About Weight Loss
The New Year is already begun, and by this time, most people have already trying or fulfill their New Year resolutions. As often, weight loss is among the top resolutions on the lists. This article will provide you with a general guideline on how to go about making your weight loss New Year resolutions, what to do and what to avoid. Also, you learn a few tips on how to achieve your resolution about weight loss.
So what are you supposed to do?
1. Have a plan.
This is often the first thing you should do when making resolutions. For instance, plan whether you are going to do your physical activities at the gym or you want the at-home exercises. Plan what you will be starting with the first few weeks and how you will be proceeding. Will you be going to the gym three days or seven days a week? What kind of exercises do you want to start doing? Are you going to do away with the pill and just concentrate on the diet and exercises? Have a plan.
2. Be realistic with your goals.
As a matter of fact, it will be challenging to meet your resolutions if your goals are not realistic. Remember it did not take you just a week to gain the extra 20 pounds and, seriously, it won’t take a week to lose 20 pounds. Here is how you can make your resolutions realistic;
• Start with small goals. Most people fail because they don’t make small attainable goals. See to it that you set goals that will not discourage you mid-way. If, for instance, you are just beginning to workout, make it three days in a week rather than setting it at seven.
Again, if you have had unhealthy diets and you want to go healthier, choose the options that you enjoy. For example, you can replace the dessert with yogurt and fruit.
• Get rid of temptations in your house. Look at your refrigerator, counter-tops, cupboards, pantry, and get rid of the cookies, chocolate bars, fatty foods, and unhealthy soft drinks. Replace them with fruits, dairy products, plenty of vegetables, whole grains, eggs, etc. This way you are realistic.
• Don’t try to be a perfectionist. Understand that, occasionally, slip-ups will happen. It is inevitable that once or twice, you will make mistakes but the most important thing is to forgive yourself and get encouraged to meet your goals.
3. While you make the goals, they should be measurable and specific.
It sounds better if you say, “I want to lose 3 pounds a week” than saying “I want to lose weight”. Or you can set goals like, “I want to fit back into my lovely dress.”
If you are into fitness, instead of just saying you want to get fit this year, you could have it like, “I want to do thirty push-ups daily.” On a diet, don’t just say you want to eat healthily. Have it like, “I want to take at least three servings of fruits and vegetables daily.”
Being specific will give you something you will be working to achieve. And you won’t stop until you meet your goals.
4. Be committed to your goals.
It will be useless to set goals if you are not willing to meet them. Being committed to your goals means that you will be working hard to achieve them no matter what discouragements will come along.
5. Believe in yourself and take control.
Those people that don’t trust themselves will often give up the fight over slight setbacks. Michelle Solis, when writing in Scientific American, said that “when you approach setbacks and ensuing negative emotions with the right mindset, you are more likely to bounce back.” So, you got to believe you can achieve that weight loss.
Increase the feelings of control by, for instance, letting yourself know the changes weight loss and being fit will bring to your life. Know that you are the only person that can work to help yourself and work hard.
6. Share your resolutions with friends and family.
This makes you feel accountable while it also provides individuals that you can turn to for support and encouragement. You can join a group like a workout class that will motivate you and help you meet your goals.
Other tips include;
• Visualizing your success. Imagine how you will look like when you reach your goals.
• Incorporate monetary incentives. Research shows that people with incentives lost up to 14 more pounds than those that didn’t have.
• Don’t shy off from asking for assistance when necessary.
And what should you avoid?
a) Not recording the resolutions;
This is one of the biggest mistakes you will make. In fact, psychologists argue that “in writing, you can see more clearly what might be unrealistic.” So, don’t try to keep all the resolutions in your head. Record them.
b) Don’t get discouraged by slight slip-ups;
As much as they can be very disheartening, it is wise that you use your mistakes to encourage yourself and don’t beat yourself. Accept, forgive yourself and move on.
c) Not evaluating yourself;
Always remember to monitor your progress by, say, taking measurements of your waistline, minding what you eat, and measuring your weight. This kind of evaluation is important as it will show you whether or not you are making progress.
d) Being unaware what made you gain weight or unfit;
So what caused the problem in the first place? Knowing the cause is often a good strategy for solving a problem because once you know the reasons, you will avoid them.
e) Trying to be the perfectionist;
This will lead you into making unrealistic choices that you won’t achieve. Remember that, realistic resolutions are specific and achievable.
Get up, and get going to your New Year’s goal, no matter how little you do today. Just take one step TODAY!