Four Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for Weight Loss & Nutrition

Posted: December 28, 2014 in Blog, Nutrition, Weight Loss
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Maybe you should blame the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to their gods to at the beginning of each year to pay back debts and return borrowed items. Or maybe you should blame the almost as ancient Romans who started the year with promises to Janus, the god for whom January is named.

Whoever started the tradition, today we all feel some pressure to resolve to better ourselves at the beginning of each year.

If you’re planning to eat healthier and manage your weight in 2015, there’s a good chance your resolutions will include meeting weight loss goals and/or commitments to eat more nutritious foods. The good news is that those two resolutions work hand-in-hand. The bad news is that their compatibility doesn’t make them any easier to keep.

How to Make Your New Year’s Weight Loss & Nutrition Resolutions a Success Story

  1. New Year’s Eve is Not the Edge of a Cliff – Trying to instantly change your old eating habits at the stroke of midnight is a surefire resolution killer. A New Year’s resolution will probably fail if you only give it a short time to take hold. Make a plan, set it in stages and execute it throughout the year.
  2. Set Yourself Up for Success – Give yourself realistic, achievable goals. If you resolve to lose 30 pounds in a month, get ready for failure. Give yourself easy to reach goals, especially early in the year. It’s better to make them too easy than too difficult. As you reach each one, you will have more confidence and momentum to conquer the rest.
  3. Speak to Yourself the Same Way You Speak to Others – If you were someone’s boss and that person messed up on a tough task that she was trying for the first time, would you talk to them as if they were a complete failure? Not if you wanted them to stick around for any length of time. And if you want to stick to your New Year’s resolutions for any length of time, you need to show yourself the same compassion and kindness you would show others.
  4. Be Ready to Step Out of Your Comfort ZoneWeight loss and eating habits are usually very personal subjects that we prefer to keep to ourselves. But these are very important resolutions for your health and wellbeing. To make them happen, don’t be afraid to ask for help and guidance from family, friends and even nutrition and weight-loss professionals, like those at your local Herbal One Centre. We have been through it all before and we know how to help you have a happier and healthier New Year.