The No-Resolution Revolution

New Years’ resolutions don’t work! Unfortunately, we tend to make the same, hopeless resolutions year after year. According to studies, the usual resolution is weight loss…  But, Americans continue to gain weight. The overweight and obesity rate in the United States is now 69%, or about 7 in 10 Americans!1 So why do we continue to make resolutions?! Ditch the resolution: It’s time for a no-resolution revolution. It’s as simple as this: Small changes make a BIG difference, but big changes make a small difference. What do I mean? We often set ourselves up for failure by setting unrealistic goals when we can slowly, gradually make small changes over time; small behavior changes make weight changes that add up over time. This is what leads to permanent behavior change and weight loss! Studies suggest that drastic changes are less likely Continue reading

Happy New Year!

After the fireworks and dancing of New Year’s Eve, what do we have on January 1? A resolution that most of us fail to achieve. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans make resolutions, but only 8% are successful in achieving their goals. Not surprisingly, in an adult nation that is 69.2% overweight or obese, weight loss is the most common resolution. Although statistics suggest the likelihood of accomplishing a resolution is slim, if you want to achieve your goal, start small, be realistic, and be specific. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to meet their goals! Start by writing a plan week by week or month by month. For instance, instead of planning to exercise 5 times per week, plan for 3 times per week. Making realistic goals keeps us from feeling Continue reading