New Year’s Resolutions

Last night on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve, they shared the top five things people resolve to do in the New Year.  My 12-year old son seemed shocked when I correctly predicted number one on the list, “lose weight,” but I’m sure this comes as no surprise to any of you either.

According to a survey, 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions.  Unfortunately, by the second week of January, 25% have already abandoned their goals.   I believe this is a result of unrealistic expectations, and not creating a detailed action plan.

First of all, most people choose unattainable weight-loss goals.  It has taken many months or years to establish the habits that have caused the weight gain, and it’s just not sensible to expect to change those habits overnight.  There is a reason we have the phrase “old habits die hard!”  Physician and author, Pamela Peeke, suggests aiming for 12 to 24 pounds in a year.  The 1 to 2-pound loss per month is totally doable, and most importantly, sustainable.

You also need to set commonsense action goals.  If you cannot remember the last time you exercised, commit to one to two sessions a week.  When that routine becomes an established habit, add another session each week.  Continue this process until you have worked up to the desired amount of weekly workouts.

The same goes for nutrition.  The main thing I teach my clients is not to eliminate anything from your diet, but continually add in the good stuff.  Eventually you will crowd out the less nutritious foods, and the best part is you won’t have to deal with the cravings that come from telling yourself you can’t eat something.

So, if you are like most Americans, and tomorrow is Day 1 of your New Year’s resolutions, please make sure your goals don’t set you up for temporary weight-loss, but create a lifestyle that allows your body to find and maintain a proper weight for you.

Wishing all of you a happy, HEALTHY 2013!!!