Expert tips for how to keep New Year's resolutions
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If you're going to make diet or weight loss resolutions for the New Year, learn these tips for how to keep New Year's resolutions.
Will you soon be writing up a new set of diet resolutions for the New Year? Or do you recycle the same old goals every year:
Did those work out in the past? If not, maybe you need to re-imagine your goals and learn some expert tips for how to keep New Year's resolutions.
Unrealistic resolutions typically combine some number with a specific time frame. I don't recommend them because, when the impossible goals aren't achieved, you give up completely on your weight loss efforts out of frustration. Here are some New Year's resolution examples that may prove unrealistic:
In most of these examples, just removing the time frame goal will help a great deal. Getting your blood glucose under control or fitting into a certain dress size eventually are fine goals, but you may take two to three times as long to achieve them than planned. That doesn't mean they aren't worthy goals. You could re-write the resolution to say "I plan to lose X pounds", and then track your weight loss over time with a graph so you can see your success.
Specific diet and food resolutions can also be tricky. Unless you plan to eat exactly the same thing every single day, your food intake will naturally vary. Resolving to never eat more than 1200 calories a day is a set up for failure when you inevitably eat more. Same goes for resolutions to limit fat, sodium or sugar. If you must make resolutions about numbers, go with ranges instead of strict limits.
Resolving to stick to a certain diet plan? You may dive into a low carb plan on January 1st, but by January 10th you find it isn't so easy to stick with. A better set of food and diet resolutions might include:
If following some specific diet plan for awhile helps you achieve these goals, so much the better. But try not to link your success to that diet, so if you drift away from it, you can still pursue your healthy eating goals.
What resolutions do I have? As we age, weight maintenance and fitness require more work, so that's where my focus lies. This year, I plan to:
Here's another tip for how to keep New Year's resolutions: make some resolutions that have nothing to do with food or diet. Don't focus all your mental energy on your weight. There are other fun and important things in life.
Happy New Year to MyNetDiary readers and best wishes for a healthy and fit upcoming year!Holidays / Parties->New Year's Weight Loss->Goals & Monitoring