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Forget resolutions

Many people resolve to meet weight loss goals for the new year. Many people find themselves making the same resolution year after year.

Here is how it goes: In 2007, the resolution is to lose 15 pounds, 2008 is to lose 23 pounds, and in 2009, the resolution is to lose 32 pounds. Now 2010 is here, and you know what his/her new resolution is? To weigh the same as he/she weighed back in 2007.

This could be the year you succeed in keeping your resolution. To help, first stop making resolutions. Most people forget about them in just a few weeks. Instead, have a plan to meet short-term goals that will help you lose weight. Your plan could be based on the guidelines of a weight loss program. Your goals could include the following:

1) Stick to correct portion sizes; 2) Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily; 3) Limit sodium intake to 2,300 mg daily; 4) Eat foods higher in fiber; 5) Don't skip meals; and 6) Record your food intake daily.

Keeping track of what you eat is important to your weight-loss success. It should be documented in writing. Many people feel that they are following their program well but still aren't losing weight. Part of the problem is that they are estimating what they are eating. The following examples reflect the importance of tracking what you eat in writing to better determine why you may not be losing weight:

A) A study showed that people tend to underestimate their calorie intake by about 800 calories a day; B) Studies show people underestimate how much fat they consume; C) An American Dietetic Association survey found consumers overestimate the portion size of pasta, rice, vegetables and meat; and D) About 28 percent of Americans are skipping meals. The average person skips breakfast at least once a week. This may be depriving their bodies of nutrients and slowing down their metabolism.

If your weight loss seems to be slowing down, take a closer look at your eating habits. Chances are you may be consuming more calories than you realize.

Be physically active daily. It will help keep your metabolism and spirits up. Physical activity plays a significant role in calorie burning and keeping you fit. Whether you start an exercise routine or keep yourself busy doing everyday chores, try to be more active.

Set a goal to spend less time sitting in front of the television, to take more walks or participate in an exercise class.

Set a timeline to achieve each of your short-term goals. Focus on one or two goals at a time until you are comfortable with the change. Your plan could help you achieve weight loss success, so you won't have to resolve to lose weight next year!

If you need help reaching your weight loss goals, call the Diet Center today at (928) 753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave., No. 1, in Kingman.