Ready for a new slimmer you in 2016? Follow our five tips for increased success in the new year.
5. Turn your Big Goal into baby step weekly goals.
Want to lose 50 lbs this year? Turn this into ACTION-oriented baby steps for each week. Maybe you could start by cutting back to only 12 ounces of soda per day? Or, work on getting out for three 10 minute walks this week. Baby steps are realistic, achievable and motivating when accomplished!
4. Prepare your environment for success.
Want to eat more vegetables? Look up some new veggie recipes. Shop for your favorites. Wash and chop in advance so they are ready to munch on with your favorite healthy dip. Want to eat less sugar? Throw away all the cookies, juice, ice cream, etc in your kitchen…set yourself up for success through preparation.
3. Keep records of your progress.
Keep a running log of your weight so you can see how you’re doing. It’s a good idea to get on the scale at least once a week (and at most, once a day) to monitor your progress. Other ways to keep track include an activity log, food journal, body measurements, or a step counter.
At Healthy Steps, our favorite way to keep track of your progress is with Bioeletric Impedance Analysis (BIA) performed at each visit. A BIA test measures body composition (percentage of fat and lean mass) giving us much more accurate information than the scale alone. Coming in for a baseline BIA test means as you lose weight you can see exactly how much of the weight lost is pure fat, and you can watch your body composition improve as you lose fat and preserve lean tissue (an indicator of healthy weight loss).
2. Reward goals that you achieve.
As you track each week, celebrate accomplished goals with little non-food rewards. If your Fitbit shows you successfully reached your goal of 10,000 steps every day for a week, go get a pedicure, or a new pair of walking shoes, or buy yourself flowers. Rewards are very powerful motivators–take advantage of them!
1. Get Expert Advice and Accountability
Come meet with our Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists and Lifestyle Educators at Healthy Steps for guidance on weight loss strategies that prioritize health as well as quick results. Did you know certain probiotic strains (like the pharmaceutical grade probiotic supplements you can pick up at Healthy Steps) have been shown in various research studies, including a recent study out of Stanford University, to increase the amount of weight loss significantly compared to individuals not supplementing? Want to learn about how different carbohydrates affect weight management differently? Expert advice means you work smarter, not harder!
Beyond that, meeting with our weight loss experts weekly or every other week will keep you accountable to your New Years Resolution…and accountability has been proven to increase success!
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lindsay