Yes, it’s that time of year again. We indulge over the Holidays with every intention to kick off the New Year with the goal to lose weight. In fact, about 45% of us make some kind of resolution each year, with the most popular being weight loss, and fitness, but only 8% ever reach their goal. Why is that?
According to Psychology Today, it’s mainly due to our setting unrealistic goals from the outset. Yes, maybe you need to lose 50 pounds, but your initial goal should be something more attainable in the short term. With a 10 pound loss behind you, it’s much easier to keep your motivation level high and set your sights on another 10 pounds.
If you’re serious about making weight loss your goal this year, here are some tips that will help you once and for all, be successful.
- Have just one resolution. You can’t focus on losing weight at the same time you’re trying to quit smoking.
- Choose a realistic, short-term goal that is achievable. Many of our clients like our 8-week challenge because the goal is to drop 2 pant sizes in 8 weeks. That’s do-able, right?
- Choose a program that doesn’t call for extremes. You can’t expect to maintain a weight loss program that leaves you starving all day, or has you trying to figure out an effective exercise regimen. Look for a program, like our challenge that provides both nutrition and fitness coaching.
- Avoid programs where you have to buy their food or supplements. It will cost you a fortune and you’re not going to learn the right way to eat eating someone else’s food. Look for a program that provides simple meal plans, and teaches you how to eat and prepare real food.
- Be prepared. Healthy eating is often derailed when meals are not planned ahead of time. We always suggest shopping and doing the majority of the week’s food prep on Sunday. Gather healthy recipes and keep them on hand. Plan your workouts, too. Our most successful weight loss clients “schedule” their workouts and treat each one like an important appointment that can’t be missed!
- Have accountability. Whether it’s a friend, your spouse, or a fitness coach, make sure someone is holding you accountable. Without it, you’ll find it all too easy to skip a workout or have that unhealthy meal. Our Challengers appreciate our follow-up phone calls, emails, and meetings to keep them on track. Let’s face it, when you know someone is “watching,” you don’t want to disappoint them, right?
We hope you find these tips helpful as you consider your weight loss goals for 2016. We’re here to help, so please call us if you have any questions on starting your weight loss or fitness program.