Make 2019 the Year You ACTUALLY Lose Weight!
It probably comes as no surprise at all that the number one New Year’s resolution every year has remained the same for ages now: Lose weight and get in shape!
With annual statistics still confirming that year over year, our nation’s health continues to decline while our waistbands continue to expand, it’s no surprise that at the end of the year, after a holiday season full of heavy eating, the majority of us decide, “Ok, enough with this. I am going to finally get my health sorted and this new year will be the year I achieve my health goals!”
The reason so many of us are failing at our health goals is simple, but the solution is clearly not easy! Financial stress, work stress, political stress and time stress paired with easy and affordable fast foods and processed foods, along with a food industry that doesn’t actually care for your health is the reason so many of us now struggle with weight and chronic illnesses.
The solution may seem simple: Eat whole foods, with proper portions, ditch sugars and processed carbs, and exercise. Easy, right? Clearly not since we all know this to be true, and yet here we are, a nation struggling with increasing health and obesity problems year after year.
Did you know that in addition to being the number one New Year’s resolution, “lose weight/increase health” is also the first resolution to be forgotten or put off “until next year”?
Why do you think that is?
Just because something is simple in concept doesn’t mean it’s easy in execution!
Our daily stressors and constraints are still there, they don’t step back to give you time to get your health in order. If you don’t come at this goal with a new and different plan of action, you will most likely fall off the resolution wagon and find yourself at the same weight, or even higher next New Year’s Eve.
So what exactly does it take to stick to your weight loss resolution?
Start with a written plan that is shared and updated with others. Write down specific achievable goals. Simply saying “I will lose 30 pounds this year” is not enough. Instead, set a short term, actionable goal, like losing 2 pounds a week for one month. That is much more attainable, and at the end of the month you can set a new goal and let your success slowly snowball. Sharing your goals with others keeps you accountable and increases your likelihood of not quitting.
How you actually lose weight is obvious: You need to modify your diet, eat whole, natural and healthy foods, reduce bad foods, and exercise more. You already know this, and you know all of the diet plans out there, so we aren’t going to bog you down with that info here. What we will tell you though, is that if this is all it took, you’d already have lost the weight last year, or the year before.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
Don’t be insane this year. Try something different. If you haven’t yet, try adding in a (healthy and tested!) weight loss supplement. This may be the additional variable you need to finally cross that finish line. Obviously not all supplements are created equal and we advise you only take those from reputable, trusted brands that use safe and tested ingredients. Our current favorite weight loss supplement is Green Coffee Thin. This natural supplement uses chlorogenic acid to maximize your body’s fat-burning metabolic rate. It’s safe, tested and true and offers a generous risk-free trial.
Another great tip: Don’t bite off more than you can chew (pun intended)! If you want to lose weight, start a book and quit smoking, that’s way too much to do at once! Real change comes gradual and overtime. Expecting too much of yourself too quickly will only ensure you’ll miss your goals. Pick one goal and focus on that first. Then choose your next goal after you feel you’ve got your first goal locked in.
Finally, Don’t be too hard on yourself. Change is hard for us all. Everyone has a long list of things they wish they could change, and yet many of us never embark on truly changing many at all. Be proud of yourself for wanting to take this journey of self improvement and having the strength to actually do it, even if you have a few mishaps along the way or your goal is proving harder than ever to achieve. Just remember change comes slowly, so don’t give up before you get there! Even if your goal is to lose 30 pounds by New Year’s Eve 2019 and you only lose 15 – HEY! That’s 15 pounds lost! Good for you! Celebrate all of your victories no matter how small you think they are.
Don’t give up! You absolutely can do this, just remember to chase your goal with a different plan and a fresh mindset and you will see! Your best self is just over the horizon waiting for you! Just keep moving forward!