Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution

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Weight Loss New Year's Resolution

Chris Goetz - Thursday, December 11, 2014

Make This the New Year You Succeed at Your Weight Loss Resolutions


Goetz with CaptionNew Year's Resolutions are a long standing tradition, and why not? The beginning of a New Year brings with it the prospect of a fresh start, new possibilities and opportunities. Unfortunately there also seems to be a tradition of dropping resolutions a week or two into the New Year and falling back into old habits. Take advantage of the coming New Year to improve your health and move toward your ideal, healthy weight. Taking some time to plan ahead will help you avoid pitfalls and greatly increase your chance of success.

Start by being realistic. Avoid setting intimidating or unattainable goals for yourself. They are the surest path to failure. If you know you need to lose 50 pounds eventually, make it your goal to lose 8 pound a month. This way the coming year can be full of smaller accomplishments instead of one far off target. Then reward yourself for each milestone. Every month you achieve your goal treat yourself to something you like, but which does not contradict your resolution. If there is a month when you don't quite make it, resolve to work harder the next month.

Similarly, a resolution to completely cut out your favorite food is doomed to fail. Instead, decide to have it only once a month, or maybe at the start of each season. Set a date when you will have that decadent meal again. It will be something to look forward to, and you will have a sense of having earned it when it arrives.

Planning Now Will Ensure a Timely Start!

Start a plan in December. Write an outline of your plan. Be clear about your goals and timeline. Make a list of the benefits of keeping your resolution and refer to it often. Create an exercise schedule you will be able to stick with. It is also important to include ways to deal with temptation in your plan. Think about what you will do when you feel like skipping a workout or indulging in an unhealthy meal. Write down the negative consequences of these small lapses. If possible your plan should include a partner, preferably someone who has similar goals. Look out for each other and be ready with encouragement to keep each other going.

Do not beat yourself up for any lapse or failure. If you find you have run out of steam by February, just recommit and start over. Maybe set up smaller and shorter goals that you can tackle more easily. Research has shown that repeating an activity for 21 days will make it into a habit. Repeat it for six months and it will be part of your personality. Keep at it and it will slowly start to become easier.

At Advance Health Services we have safe and effective medical weight loss programs, including HCG injections that will help you get a jump start on getting healthy. An initial weight loss boost is a great way to start. You can also consult with our on staff registered nutritionist for help in putting together a meal and supplement plan to get you healthy and feeling great. We also offer ancillary treatments such as Lipo-Light to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Call us today. The best time to start planning your New Year's resolution is now.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.