How many times have you vowed to lose weight in the new year? If you’re having trouble counting, you’re not alone. But we’ll let you in on a secret: The key to improving your health long-term is to make attainable, realistic goals you can stick with!
Forget those fad diets — there’s a reason why they never work. These 5 simple tips will help set you up for success this year.
Give them a try and make 2023 your healthiest year yet!
1. Make measurable goals
Grab a notebook and write down a list of actions you can take that will support your larger weight loss goal. The more specific, the better. Highlight your top three (that you will commit to) after you’ve made the list. Here are some healthy ideas to get you started:
- Clean out your pantry of chips, cookies and unhealthy snacks
- Start a proven weight loss plan like Jenny Craig that takes the guesswork out of losing weight
- Sign up for a 5K and plan to walk or jog it
- Aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
- Swap your soda for tea, sparkling water or water with a slice of cucumber or lemon
2. Take it week-by-week
Don’t worry — you don’t have to change all your habits overnight! Take small steps every week — they’ll add up to major results!
Each week, start with one to two small goals, and by the time the next week rolls around, you'll be ready to add a new goal, such as trying a new, non-starchy vegetable, testing out a new spice on your meal, or joining a fitness class after work.
3. Give yourself grace
Remember, you’re only human! When you indulge in a few slices of pizza or have one too many pieces of cake at a friend’s party — don’t beat yourself up. Enjoy the moment and move on (savor that cake!).
Your next meal is your chance to get right back on track with your healthy habits!
4. Find a motivation buddy
Having a support system can help you lose more weight (seriously!). Find a friend, a family member or even a wellness coach to help support you on your journey. Having someone hold you accountable can help keep you on track – plus, it’s way more motivating!
5. Celebrate all your wins
Set a non-food reward for the end of each month for accomplishing your goals! Here are a few ideas:
· Get a manicure in March
· Pick up new warm-weather workout gear in May
· Splurge on a new pair of jeans in October, since you’ll probably need a new size!