Don’t let your resolutions become a New Year’s statistic
You’re probably not surprised to hear that losing weight is the number 1 New Year’s resolution. But did you also know that fewer than 10% of people who make resolutions, successfully accomplish them? That adds up to a lot of people committing to lose weight and failing. Losing focus can happen for many reasons. But when it comes to weight loss resolutions, one thing is clear. Committing to stringent new behaviors that are simply too difficult to maintain, is a certain path to failure. If you’re determined to lose weight this year, we suggest committing to healthy habits you can do more of, rather than coming up with new ways to deny yourself. Below are three healthy weight loss habits you can keep up all year.
Drink more water – Drinking water promotes weight loss. And not just because drinking water can help you feel full and eat less. A recent study pointed out several additional benefits. Substituting water for sugary beverages or juice reduces the intake of calories and carbohydrates. And drinking plenty of water leads to more efficient insulin pathways and an acceleration of fat burning. So get yourself a reusable, portable water bottle, and keep filling and emptying it all day.
Cook at home more – When you cook your own food, you can control the fat, salt, sugar, calories, and portion size. It’s that simple. And as a nice added bonus, you also save money. So make a commitment in the new year to try to cook and eat at home more often. Prepare healthy lunches that are easy to bring to work. Invite friends over for a healthy potluck dinner rather than meeting at a restaurant. Stock up on easy healthy foods. Knowing there’s something quick and delicious to eat at home will make you less likely to grab take out on the way home.
Sleep more – With a busy schedule, it can be difficult to get a full night’s sleep. But studies show that, for many reasons, sleep is important for weight loss. When our brains are well rested, we make better food choices. Late nights often lead to late night snacking. And sleep deprivation throws off the balance of hormones in our body that regulate hunger. So make a commitment this year to do everything you can do get a good night’s sleep.