Reality has finally hit us all in the face. The holidays are gone, but the weight gain from holiday eating is still lingering on the couch. Now is the time you’ve planned for. Your new year’s resolution is ready to rock and roll. You may, however, have one fear on your mind—Will I burn out? 

Everyone has heard the statistic that most people quit their new year’s resolution within the first month. While this may be true, here is another statistic you might want to hear: “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.” So if you’re reading this article and already made your resolution, you’re 10 times more likely to succeed than someone who hasn’t!

There should be no fear of losing your motivation if you follow a few simple rules. Here are 5 ways to burn the pounds instead of burning out on your weight loss resolution: 

  1. Don’t overextend yourself
    It’s easy in the first week to go overboard. Non-stop salads for a week and 4-hour gym sessions are never a good idea. One, your body will be hurting like crazy. Two, you’ll get sick of it after a week. Instead, create realistic steps each week that you can manage in the long-term.
  2. Write your weekly steps
    These steps should be simple and direct. If you want to have less carbs, write down your low-carb grocery list each week and only buy those foods. If you want to eat less snacks, write down what times of the day you can have snacks only eat during that time. This will help you stay focused.
  3. Smart exercise
    Many people waste hours at the gym doing ineffective exercises. Instead, you can research more efficient routines that have a higher intensity but require less time. This can be not only a time-saver but also a better weight loss tool.
  4. Make a “cheat day”
    Changing your diet is hard for anyone. Designating a “cheat day” can make this process less daunting. One day a week, you can allow yourself to eat whatever you want (but not in excess). This will help you eat healthier throughout the week because you know you still have that one day. Cheat days are tremendous for curbing your burn-out rate.
  5. Turn the steps into habit
    Stay determined in your weekly goals. Don’t allow yourself to skip certain things when you don’t feel like it. If you stay consistent each week no matter what, the steps will become automatic. Eventually, it will be a normal habit that feels more like a routine than a chore.  

It’s important to find a good, supervised program that you know is going to work. The Broadway Clinic offers individualized weight loss programs that are proven and effective. They will guide you through the weight loss process so you don’t have to worry. Happy New Year!