At the start of a new year, we often turn our attention to establishing new habits. But so often, we focus on “quitting” things. There’s certainly nothing wrong with quitting smoking or other unhealthy practices. However, many people respond better to a mindset of “starting” new habits. If you’re following a weight loss plan, try not to focus on the “loss” part. Add these habits to your lifestyle, and focus on improving your daily routine.
Add healthy foods to your eating plan. Instead of thinking about which foods you want to avoid, make a resolution to try newer and healthier ones. Plan to learn about one new fruit or vegetable each week, or set aside Sundays for experimenting with new recipes.
Focus on progress. All too often, we tend to ruminate on setbacks to our weight loss plan. Abandon that cycle of shame regret, and focus on successes instead.
Add fun activities to your schedule. It’s normal to become discouraged about a weight loss plan when you think about things you can’t do or don’t want to do. Instead, find fun, active hobbies that you enjoy and can fit into your routine.
Love your body. Stop naming things you don’t like about your body, and start to notice the things you do like. Maybe you’re getting stronger, or gaining endurance, or simply love your hair or skin. Whatever you love about yourself, make a point to remind yourself regularly.
Address your stress. Stress can impact everything from your mental well being to physical health. Establish stress reduction practices or a routine that works to reduce your stress.
Make sleep a priority. Sleep also affects all areas of your health. In fact, poor sleep habits can contribute to weight gain! So make the changes you need in order to get 8 hours of quality sleep each night.
Identify new metrics of success. Weekly weigh-ins are only one way to evaluate your weight loss progress. Take note of your clothes fitting more loosely, exercise becoming more comfortable, or all the compliments you’ve been receiving lately.
Devote yourself to self education. Information and health are intrinsically linked! As we learn more, we perform better in all areas. Make regular appointments with us to discuss your progress, and we will help you learn what you need to know about nutrition and exercise to support your weight loss plan.