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How to Make a Successful New Year’s Resolution

2016 is coming to a close, and everyone is writing his or her list of New Year’s Resolutions. Many people fail at achieving their New Year’s Resolutions—in fact, some studies show that just 8% of people achieve their goals. We wanted to take a look at how to make a successful New Year’s Resolution, and because our Irving clinic cares about your health, we then want to look at how New Year’s Resolutions can be used to improve your health!

One of the most important steps in creating a successful New Year’s Resolution is to change only one thing at a time, and to break that goal down into manageable steps. Humans are very resistant to change. Our bodies are designed to achieve homeostasis in more ways than one! By breaking down your resolutions into simple, one-item changes, it is much easier to achieve success. For example, if your resolution is to work out more, you should consider all the questions that accompany that goal. Where do you work out? What routine are you going to follow? How many times a week are you going to work out? How long will it take you to work out?

Another key difference between a successful New Year’s Resolution and unsuccessful ones is defining the right goal. Saying that you want to lose 20 pounds in a month looks good on paper, but it does little to help you formulate an actual plan. A better resolution would be to exercise three days a week, eat healthier, or start a diet, like our Ideal Protein plan.

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Finally, our third tip to help you make a successful New Year’s Resolution is to understand your own willpower. Saying you want to lose 50 pounds or cutting out sugary sodas that you drink on a daily basis are great goals. However, you know yourself better than anyone does. Are your goals reasonable? The saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that’s also true for self-improvement. Sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impacts, like taking the stairs instead of elevator when you get to the office.

New Year’s is a time to look ahead and make a better future. At the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving, we want to help you achieve your goals and live your healthiest year yet! Share with us your New Year’s Resolutions on our Facebook page and let us know how you plan on making 2017 your best year yet!


3 Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions look so good on paper: you make your list of things that you want to improve to start the New Year, and looking at that list, you can’t help but feel good about yourself just for coming up with those ideas. Losing weight! Getting in shape! Eating better! You have so much enthusiasm for how great the year is going to be.

Of course, the reality is that most of us don’t succeed at our New Year’s resolutions. When January 2nd rolls around, the enthusiasm that we had on New Year’s day drops off. With every new day, our determination wanes more and more until we ultimately fall into the bad habits we had before. We’re not being depressing; Forbes estimates that 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% are successful at keeping them.

Don’t think making a resolution is folly, however! Making resolutions is a great way to identify things in your life that make you unhappy. These might be deep-rooted habits, unhealthy life choices, or personal problems that need to be addressed. Sometimes even the act of identifying problems can be the first step in changing them.

So what separates resolutions that are doomed to fail and those that will go on to make major changes? Many studies have been conducted on the issue, and most outcomes conclude that a successful New Year’s resolution comes down to two things: feasibility and readiness.

A New Year’s resolution’s feasibility is all about understanding your current limitations and making sure that a resolution isn’t too lofty. While resolutions often tackle major obstacles or habits in our lives that we would like to see resolved or changed in some way, it is unreasonable to expect so much out of ourselves immediately and drastically. For instance, if you are starting out at your first job, it is unreasonable (in most cases) to make your New Year’s resolution to become the boss by the end of the year.

The second reason why people fail at their New Year’s resolutions is preparation. Just because it isn’t January 1st yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking ahead to what your resolutions are going to be. If you are planning on going on a diet starting January 1, for instance, you should take time and get rid of unhealthy foods that you’re planning on cutting. Bad preparation works against you in the long run and sets you up for failure. You can’t run a marathon without jogging first; similarly, you can’t succeed at your New Year’s resolution if you’re just going into it cold.

Finally, one last way to boost your chances of having a successful New Year’s resolution is to get your significant others on board with your plan. Many people appreciate and are motivated by the accountability found in friends and families who are aware of your resolutions. Have them check in on you from time to time. The purpose isn’t to shame you if you’re not succeeding; the purpose is to have people who are cheering you on and wanting you to feel and be your best!

Setting a New Year’s Resolution can be a great way to improve your life. If you’re ready to start changing your bad habits, set periodic goals—just because it is a New Year resolution doesn’t mean that you can’t set milestones throughout the year that you want to hit. Follow these tips and you’ll be in the small, albeit successful minority of Americans that find success with their New Year’s Resolutions.

If you’re planning on dieting and losing weight to start the New Year, why not contact us about our Ideal Protein clinic? With proven weight loss that was developed scientifically to maximize results, our low-carb diet helps you lose weight fast. You can even get an estimate on how much weight you can lose with our weight loss calculator!