Anyone can start over and set new goals at any time. But many of us consider New Year’s Day to be the best opportunity to establish new goals, especially with regard to our health. Whether you’re following a medical weight loss plan or simply want to get healthier in general, follow these eight steps to help you reach your goals.
Analyze your motivations. Understanding why you’re doing something is just as important as establishing a plan. Now that you know your motivations for change, you are better prepared to handle any obstacles that come your way.
Don’t try to do everything at once. Change one or two habits at a time, then add another change every month or two.
Craft a strategy. Setting an intention is only half the battle; you must formulate a clear plan of attack.
Set benchmark goals. It can feel a lot tougher to accomplish a very large goal that seems overwhelming. Break your health resolution into smaller, measurable benchmarks. Then, track your progress in intervals.
Use a food journal. Recording your meals and snacks helps you to gain a better understanding of your habits, and keeps you accountable to your program. This is especially true if you’re following a prescribed medical weight loss plan.
Eat your veggies. No matter what type of eating plan you follow, the science is clear: Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables. These foods will not only help you manage your weight; they provide essential nutrition to keep you healthy and help ward off chronic disease.
Exercise daily. Get moving and do something physical every day. That doesn’t mean you have to make time for the gym; just get out and walk or follow a yoga routine in the living room if time is limited.
Seek expert guidance. Scientists have provided plenty of research to aid you in reaching weight loss or health goals. Consulting with a medical weight loss physician, dietician, and other professionals is the best way to access the latest breakthroughs. Call us to schedule an appointment and we will discuss a plan to help you reach your goals.