Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution that people make. Whether you want to lose 50 pounds or just move down a dress size before that upcoming wedding, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who are hoping to slim down in the new year, you need to be aware of some of the obstacles to your weight loss resolutions. In today’s blog, we take a look at some of the obstacles to New Year’s weight loss resolutions, and we share some tips for overcoming these common obstacles.
Obstacles To Weight Loss Resolution Success
Here’s a closer look at some of the reasons weight loss resolutions can fail before the end of January, and some tips to keep your resolutions on track in the new year. Weight loss goals can stall because…
- Too Much, Too Quick – If you completely change your eating habits and expect the changes to stick, you’re going to have a harder time losing weight. Sure, you may lose 10 pounds in the first week because you essentially starved yourself and only drank lemon water, but we both know that “diet” isn’t sustainable, and eventually you’ll be back to your old eating habits. Start with some gradual changes that will be easier to stick with. Something like substituting vegetables for other snack items, dropping soda for water or not eating anything after 7 p.m. on weeknights. Don’t try to overhaul everything at once. Start with some small changes that you can stick with, and continue to add healthy habits once those have stuck.
- Ignoring The Duality Of Weight Loss – Weight loss needs to be a multifaceted approach. If you only change your diet but do nothing to change your sedentary lifestyle, or you become more active but continue to make poor dietary choices, you’re not only to have much success losing weight. Diet and exercise are the two pillars of weight loss, so you can’t ignore one and expect the pounds to drop off. Again, this is why gradual, sustainable changes are needed. Slowly improve your eating and exercise habits so that these changes will stick.
- Friends And Family – Weight loss is a personal journey, so be careful about involving others in your resolutions. If you want someone to walk or exercise with, by all means recruit a family member or join a running club, but be wary about announcing your weight loss goals and plans to your friends and family. This only puts more pressure on you, and some may not be as encouraging or helpful in your journey as you expected. Keep your goals to yourself and be your own biggest motivator, and you’ll find it easier to stay focused on your weight loss progress.
- Ignoring Help – Finally, if weight loss was easy, it wouldn’t be the most common New Year’s resolution. Losing weight and keeping it off is extremely hard, so it’s important to remember that you don’t need to try to do everything on your own. Reach out to a professional like Dr. Bhatti and the team at the Bhatti Weight Loss Center. We can provide an individualized assessment and develop a weight loss plan catered to your specific needs. And if you’ve seemingly tried everything for weight loss and still been unsuccessful, we can talk to you about our surgical weight loss options that can give you the boost you need to finally lose the weight. If you are considering involving others in your weight loss journey, lean on a professional who can help ensure you get the individualized assistance you need to thrive.
If you’d like to learn more about how Dr. Bhatti and his team can help you meet your weight loss resolutions this year, we urge you to reach out to our clinic at (651) 430-3800. Let us help ensure your weight loss goals are a success in the new year! Contact our team today for more information.