Happy New Year! 2016 has come and gone and 2017 is a fresh New Year and another chance to get it right. The start of the year is the time where most people start making New Year’s resolutions. And the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Unfortunately, according to Statistic Brain, only 8 percent of Americans manage to achieve their New Year’s resolutions, so the success rate for weight loss-specific goals is just as low. Sometimes resolutions seem like falling stars. Brightly shining with potential and then falling into a dull abyss. What is it about resolutions that make them so hard to stick with? Here are 3 easy ways to stick with your healthy New Year’s resolutions and make 2017 your healthiest year yet!
1.) One step at a time: The biggest reason why people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolutions is that they try to make too many changes at once and they get overwhelmed and burnt out. The best thing you can do for your resolutions is to select one thing to add on and one thing to take away regarding your diet or workout routine each week and commit to it. The next week, add and take away something else. If you try to do too much, you’re more likely to fall back into your old patterns and bad habits again.
2.) When you fail to plan you plan to fail: There’s an old adage that says a goal without a plan is just a wish. So it’s best to make your goal as specific as possible and make a plan. For example, instead of saying you’re going to work out every day, commit to working out just thirty minutes a day, three days a week. Then identify parts of your daily routine where you’re able to dedicate time to your goals and make it part of your new routine to develop healthy new habits. Before you know it, you’ll be able to add on and revise your plan accordingly to your goals.
3.) Focus on addition over subtraction: Another reason people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolutions is they focus too much on what they’re giving up and start feeling deprived; especially when it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle and eating healthier. Instead of focusing on the things you can’t have focus on adding what you can have. Find a way to add a salad to your dinner or have Greek yogurt and berries for dessert. If you keep adding more healthy meals and snacks to your usual nutrition regimen you’ll be less focused on cutting things out and more focused on adding more good things in. Pretty soon there won’t be any more room for unhealthy foods.
New Year’s Resolutions are a great way for us to self-reflect on our priorities and find ways to improve our lives for the better. If you need help planning out healthy meals, identifying healthy foods or adopting healthier eating habits don’t be afraid to ask for help! As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist I take great pride in helping my clients acquire healthy eating habits and achieve a healthy lifestyle. I also offer customized care to my clients by providing easy-to-implement solutions to address their nutrition concerns. If you’re ready to get your health back on track in 2017, please contact Right Nutrition Works today!
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works
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