2018 is mere inches away, and along with New Year’s celebrations come New Year’s resolutions. Weight loss resolutions this time of year are quite common, as are plans for getting healthy in general. To keep up with good intentions,
instead of setting unrealistic goals, opt for a few New Year’s weight loss objectives for a specific time period. For instance, make an initial plan for the first four to six weeks of the year. Then, build upon that as the year progresses. Studies show that most weight loss resolutions end within the first month, so having the right attitude along with achievable expectations is the best choice. Achieving these “mini-goals” will build self-esteem from the feeling of accomplishment and will help keep a positive outlook along the way. The Bariatric Experts is here to help you achieve these goals and to provide information on ways to consistently maintain the healthy self-image you deserve. Below are a few guidelines that can help you achieve your New Year’s weight loss goals.
S.M.A.R.T. GOALS – SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Don’t think that everything you hope to achieve will happen overnight; instead, make a schedule that suits your lifestyle. Remember to allow for one rest day per week, try to minimize stress and always keep your long-term goals in mind.
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS – Use a journal to record how far you have come. Log in the number of calories burned, food consumed, and exercise. A few months from now, you will look back and be energized by seeing how much you’ve accomplished.
FOOD PORTIONS – Portion control is one of the most important ways to scale back on caloric intake. Instead of eating three meals per day, what works best for getting healthy in 2018 is to measure out small healthy meals and snacks in multi-sectioned, portable plastic ware. Take it to work or while running errands to help offset hunger pangs or sudden cravings.
EXERCISE REGULARLY – Stick to a regular workout routine without overdoing it. Make sure to have at least thirty minutes to an hour each day dedicated toward exercise goals, but don’t feel as though an hour at the gym seven days a week is the only way to burn calories. Remember, keep all things achievable. Take a brisk walk with the kids after work or sign up for a lunch hour Yoga class.
Keep in mind, there is one undisputed rule for weight loss resolutions: the more you burn, the more you earn. Ending the day with more calories burned than consumed will tip the scales in your favor! Contact The Bariatric Experts for more help with achieving nutrition and weight loss goals. Happy New Year!