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Weight loss – one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions

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Do you dream of achieving your desired figure in the new year? Do your New Year’s resolutions always include weight loss? Find out how to turn your dreams into achievable goals and, eventually, into reality.

The New Year is approaching rapidly, and with it, New Year’s resolutions. For many people, it’s a moment of great motivation for change, while for others, it can be an overwhelming time due to the immense pressure from their surroundings. Regardless of which group you belong to, remember that it’s okay, and you don’t have to have your own New Year’s resolutions if you don’t want to. However, if you’re ready for change, we invite you to our article where you’ll learn how to effectively approach a New Year’s resolution related to weight loss.

Weight loss – one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions

Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. But is it really a good one? On the one hand, there’s nothing wrong with it, and it can indeed bring many benefits, especially for individuals who are overweight or obese. On the other hand, it’s essential to consider the intentions and assumptions behind this resolution. Do we genuinely care about improving our health, or are we simply aiming for rapid weight loss? Do we want a fit and strong body that will serve us for years, or do we only want to flaunt a perfectly flat stomach during the summer? All of these factors matter and will impact the achievement of our set goal.

New Year’s resolutions – choose a realistic goal

To increase your chances of achieving your New Year’s resolution, it needs to possess three characteristics: it should be realistic, meaningful to you, and measurable. What does that mean in practice?

If your goal is simply to “lose weight,” we won’t deceive you – your chances of success are slim. Therefore, try to think about how many kilograms you want to lose. Take into account your capabilities and how you feel about it. If you feel overwhelmed by the goal of “Lose 20 kg,” break it down into smaller steps and plan the first one. The goal of “Lose 10 kg” is still ambitious but more realistic and measurable, and achieving it will bring you closer to your ultimate goal.

Another aspect is to consider whether and why this goal is important to you. It often happens that we decide to pursue a goal that, in reality, isn’t significant to us at all. In such a situation, we quickly lose motivation, and there’s no surprise there. After all, why bother striving for something that doesn’t hold much meaning for us?

For more information on how to plan dietary goals go here.

New Year’s Resolutions – plan your goal achievement

Once you’ve chosen your goal, it’s time to plan its implementation. Failing to plan realistic actions and schedule them into your daily routine is another mistake that leaves our goals in the realm of dreams. After all, only by taking concrete steps can we achieve what we want.

When planning activities such as time for cooking healthy meals or physical activity, don’t forget that rest and recovery are also crucial elements in an effective weight loss process. When the body is constantly under stress and pressure, it may not function better, and weight loss may progress more slowly.

To learn more about what else to consider when planning goals, click here.

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New Year’s Resolutions – evaluate the effectiveness of your actions

Evaluation, or in other words, goal verification, is also an essential stage in goal achievement. Why? Even if you have experience in planning and acting meticulously, your original plan will not always be 100% correct (in fact, rarely so). This is entirely normal, especially in today’s rapidly changing world, where we constantly have to adapt. By subjecting your plan to periodic evaluation, you can conclude on an ongoing basis and adjust it to the current situation. We’ll illustrate this with an example.

In January, you decide to lose 10 kg in 6 months. You have a plan, and for the first month, everything goes smoothly. However, in February, it turns out that you have the opportunity at work to take on an additional project that matters to you, but it requires an extra 2 hours of work twice a week. You lose 4 hours that were originally allocated for physical activity. If you don’t review your plan and try to continue following it as initially set in January, you won’t achieve your goal. Frustration, doubt, and ultimately complete abandonment of your goal may also arise.

Evaluation allows you to adjust your plan to your current capabilities. Perhaps it will be necessary to extend the timeframe from 6 months to a year. Maybe you’ll decide to use a catering service instead of cooking, allowing you more time for exercise. Regardless of what you decide, through evaluation, you can consciously shape your goal according to your needs.

You can read more about how to conduct the goal evaluation process here.

Join a support group

Surround yourself with people who have similar goals and experiences to you and you will find it easier to stay motivated at the highest level! Join the “Fitatu – support and motivation” Facebook group. There you will find not only motivation but also inspiration for delicious meals and support.

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