How to Keep Your New Year's Weight Loss Resolution

The arrival of the New Year often serves as a reminder that the holiday season was festive in more ways than one. A little extra time with family combined with shorter and colder days are commonly just enough to derail even the most disciplined among us. If your New Year's resolution involves a little weight loss this year, you certainly are not alone.

Its one thing to make your resolution and promise yourself that change is on the horizon but another thing to actually achieve your objective. The following tips will help you to become one of the few who actually keep that New Year's Eve promise this year.

Tips for Reaching Your Goal

There are a few things you do to improve your odds of success this year. Start by setting a realistic goal and a timeframe for achieving it. One of the biggest mistakes dieters make is being overly aggressive and reaching for milestones that are difficult if not impossible to achieve. This year, instead of focusing in on where you ultimately want to end up, try to create a path you can follow with manageable goals carefully placed at intervals that are frequent enough to keep you motivated to continue making forward progress.

If you've ever watched an accomplished running back in football, one characteristic that almost all of them have is that they keep pushing forward and never stop moving their feet, even if they run into a defender. Often times, the breakaway yardage or touchdown run comes after the initial forward progress has briefly stopped. Weight loss is very similar with rapid bursts of speedy results followed by periods of resistance where it may seem as if you aren't making any progress at all.

How to Handle Setbacks

The key to success is being thankful when you do see quick periods of results while never developing an expectation that every day will be a great day or that every week will be better than the last. You will encounter some roadblocks along the way and working through the plateaus is what separates those who reach their goals from those who fail.

Be sure to track your progress! One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable is to create a record of what you eat (that means everything) and the details of each physical activity you perform. Keep this record every single day and you will find that you are less likely to make bad food choices or start skipping workouts. Your journal will also help you to see your progress and help you to stay motivated.

The Role of Exercise

When it comes to exercise, there are several weight loss strategies you can implement. Depending on your personal schedule and workout style, something other than gym workouts might work best for you. The key is to get in at least 3 to 5 sessions a week where you can elevate your heart rate for at least 30 minutes. It really doesn't matter if that means walking, jogging, skiing, weight lifting, swimming, or taking an aerobics class.

Almost any form of exercise can yield good results as long as you stay committed to it. It is always a good idea to pick activities you enjoy so your workouts are more fun than they are work. This is a must for long-term success!

Finally, get started today. There's no reason you have to wait for a certain date on the calendar. In fact, if you start sooner than later, you will already be in better shape than everyone else who waits until the first of the year to begin. Like everything else in life, it is always nice to have an advantage, even if it is a small one. Getting started is the hardest part of honoring any resolution so if you can overcome that hurdle and start now, you're well on your way to reaching your goal!