How You Can Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Diet
Every New Year, people all around the planet pick a new diet or workout plan. They make a New Year's resolution to exercise, eat right and get in shape—to drop those extra pounds and get healthy. Unfortunately, regardless of all of the good intentions, many people don't always stick to their plan.
Below are four tips to help you stick with your New Year's resolution and become healthier this year.
1. Pick a Diet That is Doable
Many experts will agree, choosing a diet that you can stick to makes things a lot easier. In other words, don't pick the diet that ends up being the only thing you drop in a matter of weeks, pick the diet that is actually something doable.
"It doesn't matter how scientifically sound the program is (and many are not), how fast they work (you will regain as fast as you lost), or even how many people have tried it before. What matters is whether you can do what they say forever—not whether you should, but whether you can," says Michelle May, MD, author of, Am I Hungry.
2. Don't Overdo it
If exercise is a part of your New Year's plan to get healthy, don't overdo it. Sometimes more isn't better. Actually, sometimes more is horrible for you. Over-exercising can cause decreased performance, mood changes, fatigue, a weakened immune system and even cause you to put on more fat weight (Wait! What?), according to U.S. News. So, remember to get plenty of rest during the week and take some time off between the days you work out. Also remember, the plan is all about getting healthier and feeling better, not making yourself less healthy.
3. Don't Go Hungry
Many professionals will suggest that you follow an eating schedule and always know where your next meal is coming from. Many diet plans consist of small meals throughout the day, and if you skip a meal, you might end up giving in to that craving you have for a candy bar from the break room snack machine. But, that's not how it works, that's not how any of this dieting thing works.
4. Be Consistent
It goes without saying, being consistent is key with a diet and exercise program. Skipping a few workouts and eating a few unhealthy meals can all add up in the end and set you back.
The information in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Remember to always check with your physician before starting any exercise or diet program. This is especially important if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.