How To Succeed With Weight Loss And Diet Resolutions In 2020
The holidays are here! You know what that means. It’s time to starting planning resolutions for the New Year!
Dieting and weight loss remain one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. They also are one of the hardest to keep. Why?
It’s simple. The approach is wrong. These specific resolutions focus on changing the “symptoms” rather than addressing the real issue.
An Approach for Success with Diet and Weight Loss Resolutions
Realistically, the change that is needed isn’t in the refrigerator or on the scale. It’s in the lifestyle. Weight loss isn’t about losing a few pounds (if you desire to keep them off). It’s about changing your entire approach to living. The same goes for diet. It involves new food, new recipes, and learning how to prepare and cook them.
New Year’s resolutions can succeed. The key is to start off by recognizing what’s really changing. This is a holistic approach to health, and one a healthcare provider can support. For diet and weight loss resolutions, commit to a lifestyle change and the pounds and good food will follow.
Make New Year’s Resolutions Easier
Change isn’t easy, even if you desire it with all your heart, mind and soul. This new year make it easier on yourself. Establish the why for your goals. When you do, a sensible approach will become like walking. All you need to do is take the next step.
Some questions to ask as you get started on planning a new diet:
– Am I doing this for health or to look good?
– What do I really want to change?
– Will I persevere, even if I fail occasionally?
– What will I do once I reach my goals?
A specific, healthier weight target, a slimmer appearance or greater tone are good reasons to make a change, but they can also be hard. Getting there is one thing. Staying there is something totally different.
Dig deeper into your resolution and understand why. For example, a desire to enjoy the increased energy and positive mood of great health every day makes change easier to achieve and sustain. It also makes it easier to persevere.
This is the first step in the approach. Be honest with yourself and clear why you want the change. The rest becomes easier.
A Sensible Approach to Diet and Weight Loss
Once you’ve established your why, the next step is easy. Choose the diet that best suits your goals. What is that diet? Well, you could listen to your grandmother who warned you about eating too much sugar, recent studies suggest she was right.
Realistically, every person has unique dietary needs. This goes for nutritional requirements such as specific vitamins and mineral needs, but also for amounts. Does it make sense to count calories? Maybe, but common sense may also be enough. For example, if you sit behind a desk most of the day at work, you probably don’t need as much “fuel” as someone who hangs drywall all day.
Here are a few simple steps to get started.
1. Do your research. This starts with your current dietary habits and what you want to achieve. It requires knowing what you will need to do and what you will need to eat. It also involves consideration of anyone who lives with you.
2. Plan Now! Prepare recipes, budgets and even meals for the first six weeks. This will help keep you on track. You may also want to plan for those moments when it gets hard. What will you do then?
3. Figure in exercise. Research shows physical activity improves mood. Daily exercise can help counteract the natural inclination you will feel to revert to previous behaviors.
Finally, plan to treat yourself once in a while. Remember, this is a permanent change aimed to get you closer to that better version of yourself that you have envisioned. Subscribe MDHealthOnline and have the latest updates.