What’s the most popular New Year’s Resolution of all? It’s the resolution to lose weight, of course!
What’s the one New Year’s Resolution that is most likely to be broken? Again, it’s the resolution to lose weight.
There are dozens of diets available to help you reach your weight loss goal. There are low carb diets, low fat diets, high fiber diets, and liquid meal replacement diets. There are diets in which food is mailed to you each week and diets where you go to meetings each week for tips and encouragement. There are diets in which you combine certain foods each day and diets in which you eat only one type of food per day. No matter what our individual preferences are, there is a diet available that will work with them. The choice is all yours.
But what can we do to stop submarining our sincere desire to shed pounds? Before we ever start we must examine our methods and motives. Why do we want to lose weight? Sometimes we want to lose weight in order to feel better, and sometimes we want to look better. These are both sound reasons, although health certainly takes a priority over looks. Know your motivation. Understand yourself.
How much weight do you need to lose to reach your goal? Ten pounds? Twenty? Fifty or more? Figure out before you ever start what your ultimate goal is. If you have a lot to lose, create smaller goals so that you will feel successful and be motivated to keep up the good work along the way. Lose your first fifteen or twenty pounds and then allow for maintenance for a couple weeks. You won’t be going off your diet, simply practicing the hardest part of any diet. After you have maintained your loss, go back on your diet until you lose another specific block of weight and then do the same thing again. You will need a realistic idea of what it will take to maintain your weight loss. Practicing this technique will prepare you for the end of the diet. You won’t be catapulted into the non-diet world with a shock, unable to handle the new choices you will suddenly have.
Before you ever start on your weight loss journey, choose the activities you will incorporate into your life to take the place of boredom eating. This is your chance to fulfill other resolutions by learning to dance or paint or skate.
When you do begin your diet, make sure it is one that is approved by your doctor. Each one of us has unique physical and nutritional needs. Embarking on a diet that will undermine a condition or existing illness won’t result in reaching our goal. Be informed and be prepared. Know why you are dieting and what your specific goals are. Don’t be a statistic again this year. Lose your weight successfully so that you never have to make a futile resolution again!