However, research has shown that most people lose steam after one to two months of making their resolution. I believe that’s why you’re here; to learn tips that will help you make long-lasting changes right?
In this post, I’ll be sharing with you some nuggets you can implement to stay on track with your weight loss goals:
Set a goal
Just saying you want to lose weight doesn’t cut it – it’s broad and ubiquitous – and you’re likely to tire out faster than you can imagine. So, instead set a specific, measurable, attainable, reliable and timely goal – simply put set a SMART goal.
Why do you need to do this?
Having a clear goal, you aim to achieve primes your brain to try to overcome whatever challenge to get it done. Now, you can say, I’m going to lose 10 pounds in the next five weeks – now that’s a specific goal with a timeline. Take your goals in steps, if you need to lose 20 pounds set up two goals to help you feel like you've accomplished something after reaching the first.
Plan out your strategy
Now, you have your goals set; you need to figure out how to accomplish it. That’s where planning comes in – there’re several moving parts to making this a flexible plan; though I believe it doesn’t have to be anything fanciful.
Consider how much time you can conveniently commit to exercise; decide to work into your routine the habit of prepping the meals you’ll need for the week way ahead of time.
Ticking off on your exercise time and preparing your meals ahead of time does two things for you – your workout routine is less likely to be disrupted; secondly, you’d have healthy food handy when you need it. Go online and get some recipes that are healthy and low in calories or visit our Zen Bodi Recipes page for great food that is healthy.
Build a support group
The fact of the matter is, you’re more likely to stick to your weight loss plan if you have someone you’re accountable to; also you’re more likely to hit the gym or take a walk if you know a friend is waiting for you.
There’re several ways you can get the social support; tell a friend who shares the same fitness goals with you; join weight loss support groups, or leverage the social media. Putting yourself out there means you just have to show up every day to achieve your goals.
Visualize what success means to you
How would you feel when you hit your fitness goals? Imagine the trimmer, slimmer, healthy body you’d have; feel the pride and confidence in every step you take when you’ve achieved your goals. Visualize in details your success as much as you can and try to spend a few minutes each day relishing this new body.
The aim of this is to prime you mentally to want to achieve your goals.
Give yourself small treats after hitting a milestone
Remember to reward yourself whenever you attain a milestone. During your planning stage, you would have divided your goals into tiny chunks that make it easy to achieve.
So let’s take, for instance, your goal is to lose 10 pounds in five weeks. You can divide the goals into losing 2 pounds in a week; hence once you hit your target, you can decide to have a pedicure/manicure, a massage or whatever reward you'd choose – this little treat keeps you motivated to continue working at your goal.
The trick in sticking to your weight lose New year resolution is in making small incremental changes that can be seamlessly integrated into your lifestyle. I hope these tips help you in making those minor changes that are vital to attaining your goal.