How Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

February 6, 2019

blog_CheckinWe are over one month into the new year’s weight loss season. It’s important to keep track of your progress, evaluate your progress, and shift your strategy if you need to. If your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, check out some of the questions you should be asking to make sure you accomplish your goal.

If you’re on track to lose the weight you targeted, then bravo! Keep up the good work. However, if you have found yourself slipping behind, don’t beat yourself up too much. In fact, you’re very much not alone. Research from the University of Scranton found that the majority of New Year’s resolutioneers have a difficult time sticking to the plan:

  • About 64 percent of resolutions are maintained through one month.
  • 46 percent maintained through six months.
  • 8 percent of people achieve New Year’s goals.

So, if you are having a hard time seeing yourself as part of that 8 percent group, there are a few critical questions you need to ask yourself about why that may be. And it is extremely important that your answers be completely honest. This is, after all, your life. And you deserve to live it to its fullest.

Question #1: Did you create a solid plan?

It may sound silly, but many people set a weight loss goal without having a specific course of action to achieve it. The plan usually consists of some vague combination of eating more salads and going to the gym. But without a clearly defined set of guidelines, it’s no wonder so many weight loss dreams are abandoned within the first 30 days. In addition to knowing the what of your plan, you also need to know why it is in the plan, and more specifically, why it is important to you personally. Why choose this food over that? Why engage in this type of cardio exercise? Why get more sleep? Bottom line: build a specific plan personalized to you, backed up by evidence of its effectiveness, for your greatest chances of success.

Question #2: Do you have a strong support system and supportive environment?

Losing weight can feel like both a lonely and combative experience. The moment you decide to lose the weight, it’s you against the world, and no one understands. The happy hours, birthday celebrations, and fast food joints, taunting you, everywhere. If it’s only you fighting, then it’s very difficult to stay the course. While it is very true that it is your ultimate choice and responsibility to lose weight, it also doesn’t mean you need to or should shoulder the effort on your own. Having a supportive environment, friend, family, and other professionals can increase your odds dramatically. In a study by Johns Hopkins University, patients who rated relationships with their physicians as high-quality lost about twice as much as those with low-quality relationships. Choose to surround yourself with a like-minded, knowledgeable team, and just see how much you can achieve!

Question #3: Are you getting all the information you need?

Researchers have made tremendous strides in discovering the bodily mechanisms that impact our ability to lose weight. For instance, it wasn’t too long ago that we believed that fat was just a bad blob of cells, but in fact it is a substance that actively works to wreck our health. We have also learned that a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is very common in women, is an impediment to weight loss. In other words, the key to losing weight is not simply calories in and calories out. There are so many factors that play into any individual’s ability to lose weight that it is almost to be expected that calories in calories out won’t produce the best results. Make sure you are taking advantage of the latest tools available to get you to goal.

Ask yourself these questions and really listen to what you have to say. It’s okay if you’ve slipped, but don’t let another four years pass before you leap into wellness! It is well within your grasp this year.

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