Make your diet resolutions last all year long.
Ever since January showed up, 2014 has become history and a new year has arrived. This means a new beginning and a fresh start, and with the right changes, 2015 can be the beginning of a new you. If you’re tired of the old you—overweight, lacking energy, and suffering from increased health problems, it’s time to make the changes necessary for health and wellness. There’s no better time than today.
Make your resolution now to commit to a diet that has your best interest in mind. This means eating foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein and avoiding processed foods, empty carbs, and unhealthy fats.
The decision to change your diet is the easy part. It’s making the changes and sticking to them for the long term that gets tough. Wonder how your New Year’s resolutions can last until 2016 and beyond? Wonder no more.
One Day at a Time
It can be overwhelming to look at the big picture. You may think, “There’s no way I can go without my favorite comfort food all year long!” But when you look at the day in front of you, you can do it. Taking one minute or one day at a time is a lot more feasible than one year at a time.
Focus on the Positive
Many people view diets as depriving you of what’s good. But the opposite is true. Those “bad” foods may taste good in the moment, but they are not good for your body—and the feeling you get 10 minutes after eating it is proof. Instead of viewing your diet resolution as something negative, focus on the good. You may have to say “no” to a third slice of pizza, but you’re saying “yes” to thinner thighs and better-fitting jeans.
Set Attainable Goals
New Year’s resolutions are about goals. You want to lose weight, have more energy, or improve your health, and diet changes can help you get there. Setting unrealistic goals like losing 30 pounds in 30 days or never eating another sweet will never happen and will only make you feel like a failure.
As you make your resolutions, set goals that are realistic, attainable, and specific. Examples include losing one to two pounds a week, eating an extra serving of fruits and vegetables each day, brown-bagging your lunch at least four days a week, or drinking water more often than soda. As you accomplish small goals each day, you’ll have the motivation to continue throughout the year.
Write It Down
Studies show people are much more successful at reaching their health and fitness goals when they keep a journal of their progress and setbacks. Buy a small notebook and start off the New Year by writing down your resolutions. That way they aren’t just hidden away in your head, but are placed on paper for you to see. If necessary, post your resolutions where you can see them each day.
Recording the food you eat and the number of calories in each food is a great way to stay on track. Seeing the numbers and tallying the totals will help motivate you to reach your goal.
Sharing your New Year’s resolutions with family and friends, joining an online support group of people with the same goals, or posting your progress on social media sites are other ways to help ensure your resolutions last. Surround yourself with people who will keep you accountable and encourage you through your struggles and triumphs.
Those days you feel like a failure or want to give up, talk with your trainer. After all, one of your trainer’s goals is to help you meet your New Year’s goals!
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