Trying to shed some pounds this year? You’re not alone. The New Year marks the time when millions of Americans begin to work on New Year’s resolutions that usually include losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle. But unless you’ve planned and prepped carefully, the chances of meeting your goals in the New Year may be pretty slim.
According to an article recently published in Men’s Health, it’s not about your goals, it’s about your approach and how you plan on making your resolutions a reality. Here are five ways the article suggests you frame common weight loss goals to help you achieve them in 2018.
- Goal: “I’m going to exercise this year.”
Smarter Resolution: “I’m going to exercise four times a week for 30 minutes.”
Set a specific goal and make a tangible plan that allows you to take the appropriate steps that will help you achieve that goal.
- Goal: “I want to be less stressed and tired.”
Smarter Resolution: “I will set an alarm to remind me to go to bed at a time that allows me to get eight hours of quality sleep.”
Sleep is a major factor in losing weight, but for many, the amount of shut-eye we get isn’t enough. If your goal is to try to get more sleep this year, try setting a bedtime reminder at least 15 minutes before going to bed to remind yourself to get a decent amount of sleep.
- Goal: “I will stop eating junk food.”
Smarter Resolution: “I will cut back on added sugar in my diet.”
Setting unrealistic goals, like eliminating all sugar from your diet, may set you up for failure. Instead, try eliminating added sugars in your diet. Remember, natural sugars found in fruits and dairy are packed with good-for-you nutrients like fiber and antioxidants. It’s the added sugars in processed foods and sugary drinks you want to eliminate.
- Goal: “I will clean up my diet and eat healthier foods.”
Smarter Resolution: “I will eat a fruit and/or vegetables with every single meal, aiming for at least five total servings per day.”
If you’re trying to clean up your diet, loading up on produce and fruit is a great way to reduce calories and feel fuller longer. Also, focusing on what you can eat rather than on what you can’t will help you avoid the restrictive mindset that often leads to unhealthy cravings.
- Goal: “I’m going to start cooking my own meals this year.”
Smarter Resolution: “I will plan my weekly meals on Sunday so I know what I’m having for dinner each night.”
Studies show that people who eat five or more home-cooked meals per week are actually 28 percent less likely to have an overweight body mass index and 24 percent less likely to have excess body fat than people who eat less than three home-cooked meals per week. Take advantage of cooking at home, which allows you to have 100 percent control of what you eat.
This year, commit to achieving your weight loss goals by adopting lifestyle changes that will help you lose weight and keep it off for good! A great way to start is by asking your doctor about the ReShape Balloon™ weight loss program.
With the ReShape Balloon, you’ll receive a non-surgical gastric balloon that helps jump start your weight loss, plus 12 months of personalized coaching, education, and support from your medical team. In addition to the intragastric balloon, you’ll have access to the exclusive ReShape Balloon Patient Portal that helps you track your weight, activity, and data to help you make permanent lifestyle changes that will help you maintain a healthy weight for good.
The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term changes. It’s about a lifestyle change that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity. Once you’ve achieved a healthy weight, you can rely on the beneficial eating habits you’ve learned and discussed with your ReShape coach. By adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular physical activity, you are more likely to be successful at keeping the weight off over the long term.