It is estimated that one in three people who make New Year’s resolutions set out to lose weight. Unfortunately, that can be easier said than done. But you don’t have to run out of steam come February. Here are some tips to translate your good intentions into results:
- Hold off. Not entirely, but the cold winter months are when you’re most drawn to high-calorie foods as your body tries to build an insulating layer and store energy against the danger of winter famine.
- Don’t ban foods. The forbidden fruit effect is powerful, and if you prohibit your favorite indulgence entirely, you’re more prone to slip. You don’t want it around the house, but think of it as something you can treat yourself to once in a while.
- Keep your goals attainable. It is better, psychologically, to try to lose a small amount of weight and succeed than to try to lose a large amount and fall short. Feeling like you’ve failed is discouraging.
- Relax. As long as you’re making progress, on the whole, it doesn’t matter all that much if you’re not going as fast as you might like—or even if you fall back on occasion. The important part is to stick with it.
- Space out weigh-ins. Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week, and if you can gauge your success by something other than weigh entirely, it might be a good idea to do that. Weight can fluctuate from day to day for a variety of reasons.
It can be hard to lose weight and keep it off, but if you have a plan and a realistic goal, you can end the year thinner than you started.