By Yasmin Ayyad
It’s that time again! The New Year has begun, and with it comes everyone’s declaration that they are going to set and achieve: their resolutions. Usually they consist of cutting up credit cards or getting a new job. However, according to a survey conducted by GNC, 38 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions want to lose weight.
January is when people run to the gyms to sign up for memberships and start diets they believe will give them the results they are looking for. Unfortunately, as the months progress, the traffic in the gyms decreases and these people have dwindled off the diets they were following. On the contrary, there are many people that do achieve, and surpass, their resolution of getting in better shape.
So how come some are more likely to succeed than others? As a Team Beachbody coach and fitness trainer, I know what it takes to make sure people stick to their healthy commitments. There are several techniques that can be implemented in order to ensure that this year is the one where people can finally reach their goals!
First you need to define your “why”. You need to find what the driving force is behind your weight loss resolution. Are you dealing with a health issue? Do you lack energy? Is your self-esteem affected by your current body image? Once you figure out what the “why” is, turn it into a positive statement. Say, “I am going to lose weight and get off these medications” or “I will lose weight and feel more confident about myself and the opportunities ahead of me.” Whatever your motivator is, it needs to be one that instantly reminds you of your commitment. Let it be something that creates a sense of passion to move forward.
Additionally, one of the most important things a person can do is to take their goal and break it up into smaller, more realistic goals. For example, aiming to lose 25 pounds this year seems like quite the undertaking. Instead, people should aim to lose about five pounds a month. That way, the goal will be more achievable at a faster rate. People will be more likely to focus on this small achievable goal, rather than overwhelming themselves with a bigger number. Also, keeping goals realistic is extremely important! Trying to get back to that high-school weight is probably not going to be ideal.
Once a motivator has been defined and a realistic goal has been set, tell someone about it! It’s easy to let your own self down. It’s human nature that if we don’t achieve a goal we justify it to ourselves. We are less likely to do that if someone else knows about our goal. Not only will this give you accountability, but the people who care about you will provide support and guidance as you begin your weight loss journey.
Remember, there is no “perfect” time to start; it’s just important to start! If you fall off the wagon, jump back on. It takes about 21 to 30 days to build a habit, so stick to your goal. Clearly define what is motivating you, make sure you what you want is realistic, and find people to support you. If you want something different, you got to do something different. So make this year ROCK!