Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Losing weight for New Years Resolution Photo-LocateADoc.comIt’s that time of year again. Your original motivation to stick to your New Year's resolutions may have faded, and you find yourself slipping back into bad habits. But you don’t have to reverse your good trends! Use the following tips to help you get back on track.

1. Make Sure Your Goal is Clear

Many individuals make the mistake of setting vague goals like, “lose a few pounds.” Come up with a more achievable, clear resolution, like “eat peanuts instead of potato chips.”

2. Make Yourself Accountable

Telling your friends and family about your goal can help keep you honest. Let them know you’d like their support, and you could be surprised at the outcome!

3. Use Phone Apps

There are many new apps for smartphones on the market to help individuals achieve their New Year's resolutions. For example, the app Lift helps you track your goal and gives you virtual ‘rewards’ when you make smart choices.

4. Allow For Mistakes

Just because you slip up l once doesn’t mean you have to give up on your resolution entirely. Acknowledge that you’ll make mistakes and then just hop right back on the saddle.

5. Celebrate Yourself

The best way to keep your healthy resolutions is to reward yourself when you have success. Take time to really be proud of yourself and select treats that make you feel great.

Further Reading

  • While many people work with a dietician or nutritionist as part of a nutritional counseling program when they are trying to lose weight, part of the weight loss process often requires keeping track of food and calories consumed over the course of the day, and logging this information into a journal. People who have resolved to lose weight this year may now have some extra help with the Lose It! iPhone App. The iPhone application has been developed by FitNow and features a large database of calorie information.

  • While millions of Americans continue to jump into the latest diet fad in hopes of losing weight, most end up stuck on a yo-yo cycle of weight loss and weight gain and miss out on eating foods they truly enjoy.

  • When you're trying to stick with a low-calorie diet but the pounds just won't come off, keeping track of your daily meals may be the key to success.