The turn of a new year is a time when many people take stock of major life items, including overall health and weight. A common New Year’s resolution is weight loss in some format or another, and at Dr. Simonds Weight Loss clinic, we’re here to help.
An issue that many people run into with these kinds of resolutions is sticking to them long-term. Many of us are gung-ho about our resolutions for the first few weeks or months, but then tail off as the long year wears on and other stressors get in the way. With that in mind, let’s look at a few tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions within your weight management program.
Setting goals is an important part of motivation and developing healthy habits, but only if it’s done correctly. For starters, make your goals realistic and reasonable – setting them too high can lead to burnout. For another, make your goals specific: If your goal is to eat less, make more particular segments, such as not eating after a given time. Look for both short-term and long-term goals to keep track of, as these will help you stay positive in the long run while sticking to a daily regimen.
Keeping a journal or other documentation of your progress can go a long way, both for tracking and for your own confidence. A recent study found that keeping a food diary can double a person’s weight loss.
Research also shows that achieving weight loss goals, and sticking to them, is easier with a support network. Someone to join you in your workouts is always great, but even just someone who can help keep you accountable for your goals can go a long way.
Being healthy doesn’t have to be some chore – it can be enjoyable as well, and this can help increase your efforts. You’re far more likely to stick to a yearly resolution if it’s something you can get joy out of doing.
Finally, a great way to monitor these kinds of efforts is through regular screening from a weight loss clinic like ours. These can identify roadblocks like high blood sugar or hormone imbalances that are contributing to weight gain, and can also allow your doctor to offer a prescription for weight loss if this is necessary.
For more on sticking to weight loss resolutions, or to learn about any of our other services, speak to the experts at Dr. Simonds Weight Loss today.