December brings fun holiday parties, sweet cookie exchanges and family gatherings with an abundance of delicious food—and excessive calories. It’s no wonder weight loss tops the list of New Year’s resolutions.
But only a few weeks after resolving to lose weight, it’s easy to find yourself back in front of the TV, chips in hand while ignoring the dusty exercise bike in the corner.
One survey found that 35 percent of people who make resolutions break them by January 31, and according to the National Weight Control Registry, only 20 percent of dieters succeed at long-term weight loss. But don’t despair; mimicking the habits of the 20 percent could move you into that exclusive group.
Here are some tips on how to be successful in your weight loss journey.
KEEP IT POSITIVE
Think about the healthy behaviors you intend to create, not the bad ones you wish to break. Take a simple activity you already do daily, and create a new healthy habit to accompany it. For example, you might try stretching immediately after waking up or eating a handful of baby carrots after taking your daily multivitamin.
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Put your plan and your reasons for losing weight in writing. Create modest, short- term goals, such as skipping fast food one day a week or taking one flight of stairs at work. Prepare for success by stocking the kitchen with healthy, easy-to-prepare foods. Keep apples and nuts at hand to ward off snack attacks, and repackage food into single servings to avoid overeating. Allow for an occasional treat, preferably planned, served in a single portion on a plate and savored one leisurely bite at a time.
EXAMINE WHAT WORKS
The National Weight Control Registry is a database of more than 10,000 adults who have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained the loss for at least one year. Participants keep food diaries, stick to their diet even on weekends and get back on track quickly when their weight edges up.
Other winning habits include exercising an average of one hour daily, eating breakfast every day, weighing yourself once a week and watching less than 10 hours of TV each week. The average American watches 28 hours a week, which contributes to a sedentary lifestyle and potential weight gain.
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FREE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
A slimmer you is in sight. Join us on Tuesday, January 19 to learn about comprehensive weight loss programs, including Step LITETM, medical weight management and bariatric surgery, and also enjoy a healthy cooking demonstration. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. in Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. Registration is required. Call 281.274.7500, or register online at houstonmethodist.org/events to reserve a seat.