Experts Trim the Truth on New Year’s Resolutions
Dec 30, 2013 08:40AM
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By Christina Mlynski
The time has come to begin the grave task of pledging to commit to a better lifestyle as 2014 draws closer. While most will claim that 2014 is “the year of all years” to stay proactive, most will give in to temptation the first few weeks of the New Year. The most important aspect of setting and sticking to a resolution is sensibility.
“I think people see the New Year as a chance to start over, to change some habits and get healthier,” says CrossFit DFW Southlake trainer Danielle Lackey. “With so many people making similar resolutions, it can also seem easier to tackle, having the extra support and encouragement.”
The top and most acclaimed resolution for the New Year is to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Roughly one-third of resolvers make weight loss their primary goal, or 38 percent. However, only 46 percent of people maintain their resolutions six months into the New Year.
The top tip for the holidays is to have a plan in place to eat healthy food and be mindful about indulgences. Many people see the holidays as time to binge and satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. However, one should only eat treats if they are homemade because it’s less processed sugar, explains Lackey.
“Only eat those foods that you truly love and look forward to each holiday season, rather than the grocery store cookies, boxed cakes and other processed foods you find at parties,” she says.
The New Year seems to fuel the overall health goal of most Americans because it brings them hope, says Southlake Medifast Weight Control Center manager Jessica Bradford. “Whether they are almost at their health goal and ready to celebrate, or searching for the motivation to get started, it makes them hopeful of what the New Year will bring.”
The Medifast weight-loss program is a proven jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle. For instance, Bradford started her own weight-loss journey as a New Year’s resolution in 2011 and lost 50 pounds. Since then, she has maintained her ideal weight.
“That’s what every dieter strives for, not just the weight loss, but the power to keep the weight off,” Bradford says. “You have to learn how to make smart food choices, and that is what our program is all about — learning how to be in better control and make the best choices.”
As January begins to creep around the corner, most resolvers fear that they will not stick to their goals. The best way to maintain a resolution is to make small, specific terms rather than large, sweeping objectives.
For instance, resolving to lose weight is too general. Instead, resolve to eat better and come up with steps toward that goal, such as smaller changes to food habits each week over the next month, Lackey explains.
“This can make your overall goal seem more attainable, and make you feel more successful each week,” she says.