How to Set Yourself Up for Success in the New Year

If you’re like the majority of people, you participate in several holiday-related events that involve food and drink this time of the year. That typically results in putting on a couple of extra pounds and perhaps pushing fitness goals until ‘tomorrow.’ While one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions focuses on holiday weight gain and weight loss, only 8% of resolutions will succeed. This isn’t due to a lack of trying or willpower, but rather poor planning and execution. This year, we’ve compiled a list of tips to ensure you set yourself up for success in the new year when planning your weight loss resolutions. Let’s get started!

Set the Right Goals

Setting goals can be tricky. Instead of setting a goal to drop X pounds, focus on feeling better, gaining energy, increasing your stamina, drinking more water, and having a better sleep each night. All of these small lifestyle changes will contribute to your overall goal of weight loss.

Make New Habits

Ensuring you get eight hours of sleep each night, drink a minimum of 6 glasses of water each day, and cut out nighttime snacking are just a few new habits you can create to contribute to your overall new years resolutions and weight loss goal.

Plan Ahead

If you know you’ll be travelling, purchase and prep your snacks for your trip so you don’t end up stopping to get fast food. If you’re going out for dinner with friends, research the location in advance so you know what you’ll eat when you get there instead of making a last minute decision under the pressure of a waitress asking to take your order. If you’re having drinks, opt for a low calorie beer or a vodka water with lime.

Know What Progress Looks Like

Progress may not immediately be reflected on the scale, but that doesn’t mean results aren’t happening! Know that progress looks like a variety of things, from clearer skin, to less bloating, more energy, and clothes fitting better. The number on a scale is only a small part of the overall picture of progress.

The Buddy System

It can be extremely difficult to stick to a gym regime or meal plan on your own. If you have a spouse, get them involved, or invite a friend from work to join you at the gym over lunch. Having someone to keep you accountable can give you the extra motivation you need to meet your weight loss resolution.

Work with a Professional

It can be challenging to know where to start when it comes to your holiday weight gain and weight loss resolution. Working with a professional can help you navigate some of the confusion! Essential Weight Loss utilizes testing, analysis, consultations, and check-ins to ensure your program is working for you and to make adjustments as necessary.

Holiday weight gain is something that many people struggle with. We hope these tips will help you achieve your weight loss resolution in the new year. What are some other tips that have helped you previously? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


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