Practical Weight Loss Resolution Planning

Measuring weight lossMany of our resolutions are doomed from the start. We begin the year with unrealistic or unachievable goals and then become disheartened when we don’t see the progress we so naively outlined.

We’re almost three weeks into January and resolution month, and you may be starting to struggle with the demands of a healthy lifestyle change.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently ran a great piece on “Practical Nutrition” with tips on how to make weight-loss resolutions smarter and more motivating. In the article, Mary-Jo Sawyer outlines her top five tricks for setting S.M.A.R.T. weight loss goals that you can stick to:

  1. Specific
    Vague goals can sabotage your chances of succeeding. Set clear goals with deadlines. Need help narrowing it down? Start by asking yourself, “What do I want to accomplish?”
  2. Measurable
    Set a fitness goal that allows you to track your progress. Weigh yourself, time yourself running a mile, or try to cut your calorie intake. These measure lifestyle changes can contribute to your feelings of accomplishment and make you more liable to stick to your goals.
  3. Attainable
    Can you achieve your goal realistically? Dropping 4 pants sizes in a month may not be possible, but dropping 4 pounds is. Set healthy goals that are within the realm of reason.
  4. Relevant
    Resolve to do something you want to do. If you embark on a diet because your mother has been nagging you to lose weight, you won’t be as successful as you would if you decided it was time to make a change.
  5. Timely
    Give yourself a start and end date. If you have your deadline in sight you’ll be able to stick to your healthy habits. Whether it’s measuring yourself every week or trying to squeeze it extra workout, these deadlines can be important in your weight loss journey. Not sure where to start? Try something like, “I will weigh myself every Wednesday.”

If you’re struggling to weight on your own, the medically-supervised expert team of nutritionists, personal trainers, and fitness specialists at the Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute can work with you to develop an individualized weight loss program to help you lose the extra pounds.

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