The Challenge with New Year’s Weight-Loss Resolutions

The challenge of weight loss resolutions
If you watch any amount of television, you’ve probably seen plenty of advertisements for foods, products, and plans to help you lose weight.
We all fear the consequences of what we ate during the holidays, but in reality we really should be looking at how we eat every day.
The challenge with New Year’s weight loss resolutions is that it’s not what you eat between Thanksgiving and Christmas; it is all about how you eat between Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Eating a piece of pumpkin pie with all the trimmings or those cute tasty sugar cookies, are we really going to pack on the pounds in a span of one month?
While it is common to see a few pounds gained during this time, what we really should be concentrating on is a year-round goal. For some, this goal might be weight-loss. For others, it could be daily light exercise, quitting smoking, sustaining a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels or eating a healthy diet.
To be successful with your weight-loss resolution will require planning and forethought.
Here are some important reminders to help you reach your goal:
  • The key is in the planning. Plan your meals for lunch and dinner for the week ahead. Make a list so you don’t forget what you need or what you already have before you it the grocery store. Aim to include foods that come from plants, not foods manufactured in plants.
  • Rethink your sandwiches. For sandwiches during the week, choose whole wheat bread or wraps. Instead of purchasing deli meats, which are high in preservatives and chemical additives, try cooking a turkey or chicken breast on Sunday. This way, you’ll have a healthier lunch meat option for your sandwiches throughout the week.
  • Reduce meat intake. Try to make one of the days of the week a day without eating meat products. “Meatless Mondays” are a chance to try something new like a vegetable soup or chili for lunch, and fish tacos for dinner. Make large pots of various soups and freeze in single portion servings for lunches.
  • Prepare grab-and-go snacks. Cut up vegetables and store in large serving bags. We should eat at least 7-8 servings of vegetables and fruits daily. Buy fresh fruit like apples, bananas, and oranges, which are easily portable. String cheese and nuts also pack a lot of protein to keep you going.
  • Drink enough water. Try to drink 64 ounces of liquid daily. Water is the best choice. Other options should be sugar-free and caffeine-free.
  • Break-up your exercise. We should be getting 30 minutes of exercise daily. This can be divided up into three 10- minute sessions to make it easier to fit into your schedule. Start out slowly and work your way up to 60 minutes over time if you’re just getting started. Fitting exercise into your schedule each day will not only help you lose weight faster, it will help keep it off and make you feel better.
The holidays are inevitable. They will come and go each year. Although it’s challenging, if you keep up with your year-round goals it can help prevent those “extra” pounds year-round.
What tips do you have to stay motivated with your weight-loss goals?
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