How to Get Your Resolve Back to Keep Losing Weight

Whatever happened to your New Year’s resolution?

You know that promise you made to yourself just a few weeks back to lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight? Don’t worry. If you haven’t thought about it much lately, you are not alone. Most people who make resolutions end up breaking them, and they usually do so just a few weeks into the year. However, it’s not too late to get back on track. All it takes is understanding how your brain works its way through change and how best to tackle your weight-loss goals.

Understand Old Habits Are Hard to Break

You’ve resolved to drop the high-calorie, late-night snacks, but when you are tired or a little stressed they just hit the spot, don’t they? It takes a while to change that impulse to grab a carton of ice cream when you’re tired or just tired of life. You’ve programmed your brain to crave the soothing calories when your body doesn’t need them. Now you need to reprogram it to calm itself with more healthy outlets, such as taking a walk or a bath. You won’t break the cycle in one night, but keep at it and you can do it.

Take Baby Steps

When it comes to weight loss, don’t bite off more than you can chew — literally or figuratively. If you set too many goals, you probably won’t complete any of them. Instead, break your overall goal into steps and tackle one at a time. Don’t set too many goals so your brain won’t become so overwhelmed it reverts back to old behaviors.

Make Those Goals S.M.A.R.T.

Break your weight-loss resolution down into goals that follow the S.M.A.R.T. system: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. By setting specific, realistic goals, you boost your chance of succeeding.

get your resolve back dietingDon’t Give Up at the Plateau

Losing weight often follows a pattern of an initial sizable weight loss, then smaller achievements and then the dreaded plateau when you can’t seem to lose another pound no matter how much you try. That’s when many people give up. Instead, realize this is just part of the biological process, and keep following your diet and exercise plan. It may take a few weeks, but you’ll eventually start dropping pounds again.

Ask for Help

Tell your friends and family about your goals and ask them for help. Touch base with them along the way to celebrate your milestones and keep going on the plateau.

Reframe Setbacks

At some point, you may overindulge again. When you do, don’t see it as a huge failure or give up on your resolution. Instead, reframe the experience as a momentary lapse, remind yourself what to do when you feel those old cravings and go right back to work.

Dress for Success

Instead of hiding under baggy clothes to cover up the areas of your body you are trying to change, go out and get a couple of stylish outfits that make you feel great even before you’ve reached your final goal. Feeling good about yourself will help you embrace the new you and keep you headed in the right direction.

Follow these tips and you will not only get back on track to working on your New Year’s resolution, you will enjoy many achievements along the way.