Every year, many people make a New Year's resolution to lose weight. In fact, it is probably the most popular resolution. The reason that so many people make this resolution every year is because they didn't keep their resolution to lose weight the year before. After all, if people had met their goals, they wouldn't be making the resolution to lose weight again. If you are one of the individuals who resolves to lose weight this year, how can you make sure you keep your resolution?
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Step 1If you want to lose weight, it is best to set small manageable goals. Instead of saying to yourself, "I resolve to lose 30 pounds," state, "I will lose 5 pounds in one month by walking for one hour a day and cutting out sweets." Where the resolution part comes in is when you say to yourself, "I resolve to avoid sweets," or "I resolve to walk for one hour a day, 6 days a week." Your resolutions can help you reach your weight loss goals.
Step 2A resolution doesn't have to start on the first of January. We can resolve to improve our lives any time of year. If you want to lose weight, try changing your lifestyle one step at a time. In January, resolve to avoid sweets. Continue that behavior in February, but add a new resolution, "Walk one mile per day." In March, resolve to walk two miles a day, and so on. This way, you don't burn yourself out and give up on your dieting resolution.
Step 3Let other people know what you are trying to accomplish so that you'll get the support you need. You can join Sparkpeople.com for online support that can't be beat. Let your family know that you have diet resolutions as well. Let them know that it is important to you that they be supportive of your efforts. Simply knowing that someone else is in your court rooting for your success can help you stick to a resolution.
Step 4Get the tools you need in order to measure your success--and do count your successes--NOT your failures! Fitday.com is an excellent site where you can keep a very accurate food diary. They have an extensive food database that not only gives caloric values, but also lets you track all aspects of nutrition, including protein, carbohydrate and a wide variety of nutrients. Like Sparkpeople.com, you can also track your weight, mood and fitness goals. If you choose not to go high tech, simply keep a food diary. Studies show that people who are successful in losing weight and keeping it off keep a food diary in which they write down every morsel of food that passes their lips, including little bits taken while cooking! If you have a diet resolution, definitely don't skip this step. In fact, you could resolve to keep a food diary.
Step 5Don't expect all of the weight to fall off during the month of January. Keep your goals and resolutions small, and you'll find that you'll lose weight simply by keeping a food diary, incrementally increasing the amount you exercise and decreasing your intake of fattening foods. If it take you until December to lose the weight, that's okay! It's better than giving up and still having the same amount of weight to lose next January.
Make manageable resolutions today and next year, you'll be able to make an entirely new resolution to improve your life in a totally different way.