Are you determined to meet your weight loss goals this year? If healthier habits and weight loss are among your new year’s resolutions, give yourself a pat on the back for making health a top priority. Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

Write Down Your Goals
Journals, food diaries and to-do lists are extremely important to your weight loss plan. Brainstorm all of your goals onto one piece of paper and put it somewhere that will keep you reminded of the promise you have made. The fridge is a great place since this is the main area which will make or break your resolution. 

Set a Date
If you just say you’re going to meet your goal sometime within the year, that will not work. In fact, you will probably fall into the “I’ll start next week” trap. Instead, mark your calendar for a certain date for each goal that you want to achieve. For example, by March you want to be walking one hour a day. Setting a definite date is a great way to make sure you stick with your plan!

Remove the Temptations
Go into your kitchen and remove all bad foods from your refrigerator and pantry. This includes all snack foods, or “empty calorie” foods that will impede on your weight loss goals. Instead, fill your kitchen with healthy, nutrient dense food, such as:

  • Lean protein (chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, egg whites)
  • Fresh fruits
  • Raw vegetables
  • Healthy snack foods (non-fat cottage cheese, sugar-free jello, protein bar)
  • Bottled Water

Meet Mini-Goals
Make small changes every week and they will add up in time. It’s easier to move little pebbles than an entire mountain, right? Here are some examples of weekly changes you could incorporate into mini-goals:

Week One: Drink 10 glasses of water per day. 
Week Two: Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. 
Week Three: Switch to diet sodas. 
Week Four: Eliminate fried foods. 
Week Five: Begin eating one vegetarian meal per week.

Friends Forever
You don’t have to go it alone! Tell your friends and family what you want to accomplish and tell them how they can help you. Telling someone else your goals will probably make you feel that much more dedicated to reaching them. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a weight loss buddy among your peers who will join you on your journey to weight loss. Two heads are always better than one, especially when it comes to staying motivated!

Set Realistic Goals
Remember, it did not take you 2 weeks to gain those extra 25 pounds so it definitely will not take only 2 weeks to lose it all! You gradually gained the weight over several months and even years, so always remember that you’re in this for the long haul. Its a marathon not a sprint and with this mind set you will be able to create new healthy habits which will eventually turn your “diet” into a truly healthy lifestyle to last a lifetime!