New Year’s weight-loss resolutions lose their motivation after the first month.
WHAT WE KNOW
The beginning of each year marks the time for resolutions, celebration, and for many people … the perfect time to finally vow to lose weight! If you’ve taken that particular vow this year, don’t think of it as losing weight, think of it as becoming healthier and giving yourself confidence, energy, and a new outlook on life!
Adopting a long-term, active lifestyle and a healthy diet—rich in fruits and veggies—is the most effective way to lose, maintain, and promote a healthy body for years to come. For many of you this is easier said than done … right? You know you should stop drinking so much soda, exercise on a regular basis, and eat more fruits and vegetables, but actually finding the motivation after only one month is the hard part!
For many people the rollercoaster of weight gain and loss just never seems to end! One thing to remember about adopting a healthy lifestyle is that consistency is the key!
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is just like it sounds—eating nutrient-rich foods, drinking healthy drinks, and being physically active. Adopting also means doing these things on a consistent basis—making a healthy lifestyle your way of life!
A study reported in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders found that of their 1,429 participants, those who reported consistently choosing healthy options such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, and foods low in saturated fat most often were 1 ½ times more likely to maintain their weight within five (5) pounds over the course of the year studied.*
Whether weight loss is your goal or not, leading a healthy lifestyle is one resolution that everyone should make!
A healthy lifestyle gives you …
Remember, consistency is the key! Educate yourself and keep your eye on the ball. You may find becoming and staying healthy is easier … and more fun … than you think!
How do you maintain a healthy diet?
How much and what kind of exercise should you be doing?
- Do some sort of physical activity every day—it doesn’t have to include a gym! Any activity that gets your heart pumping faster counts!
- Participate in weight-bearing activities at least twice per week.
What if you lose motivation or become bored?
- Read what our 2010 Your Healthy Life and You Contest Winners have done to overcome their struggles to make a healthy lifestyle change!
- Start slowly, make small changes and reward yourself for the accomplishments you make—large or small!
- Try some of our delicious recipes—they’re sure to give your taste buds a new experience and they meet our strict nutrition guidelines.
*Gorin, A., A. S. Phelan, R. Wing, et al. “Promoting Long-term Weight Control: Does Dieting Consistency Matter?” Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders (2004); 28(2): 278-81.