This is part Four of my New Years Resolutions Blog Posts.
Read Part One: Four Tips to a Healthy New Years Resolution, here.
Making a New Years Resolution to lose weight is a transformational process.
I hesitate talking about bad or good foods. Maybe it should be healthy and not so healthy foods. I do not want people to feel deprivation. Take a realistic look at:
- What you eat
- What your goals are
- How quickly you can get from A to Z without total overload!
Most people work better at taking baby steps toward their goals, if you want to make the changes permanent. It is all about changing habits. Habits that have taken years to create.
Everyone has heard it takes three weeks, 21 days to change a habit but that is three weeks of perfect compliance not just three weeks of partially getting it right.
Did you know that it takes six months to cement it in to the brain?
That means compliance 99% of the time.
This can be tough. A weight loss program or one on one health coaching may help you achieve your goal if you need some assistance. I help many clients make their goals a success.
One of the baby steps I encourage is to set a small goal each week. These need to specific to your short and long term goals. And are not the same for everyone. I do not encourage a one size fits all program, this is why so many fail. We are all different.
Here is some examples of a small weekly goals and how they build on each other:
Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, minimize pop and sugary drinks. Must get water in before any other liquid can be consumed.
Eat small meals five times a day. Must have protein and fiber at every meal.
Must eat at least seven fresh fruits and vegetables each day plus the five meals as above.
See the pattern?
Though there is much more to this transformation. It is a process to phase out the unhealthy foods. Not saying that you can not have an unhealthy food but rather minimize the unhealthy choices. Be sure to focus on one change at a time. Make sure the good foods are eaten first. Often there just is not room for unhealthy foods and you are full. Also, as the body gets healthier the cravings leave and the weight starts to come off on its oewn. Realistic choices means less feelings of denial.
I hope this is the year your weight loss and eating healthy goals are achieved.
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