Let's face it, new year resolutions are silly. In fact, only 14% of people over the age of 30 will actually be successful at achieving their goal. Often times we set ourselves up for failure by making unrealistic and unspecific weight or health goals that can't be sustained beyond spring. Make 2016 your healthiest year yet by focusing on these three steps:
1. Tackle one problem at a time. Ask yourself, "what is one thing I need and CAN change about my diet right now?". Be as specific as possible. "Every day at 4:45 pm, when I get home from work, I mindlessly snack on cookies and crackers". Then, replace that action with a healthier snack option or action. "Everyday at 4:45 pm, when I get home from work I am going to eat two cups of popcorn and walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes." After a few weeks, ask yourself the same question and come up with a solution.
2.Track your intake. The best way to track is right before you eat. Use apps like Myfitness pal, Lose it or Recovery Record to keep it easy. Studies continue to stress the importance of food journaling for successful, long term weight loss.
3. Move for 30 minutes each day. Even exercise in 10 minute increments can be beneficial. Don't feel the pressure to join the gym. Find something you can do at home and with minimal equipment. The less we need to do to actually start our workout, the more likely we will get it done!