How to Reach Success for your New Year’s Resolution
2017 has arrived, and many people are still deciding on their goals for the new year. Statistics indicate that losing weight is the most frequent New Year’s Resolution in America. According to Statistic Brain, 38% of those who participate in making resolutions resolve to help their weight in some way, but only 8% succeed. Why aren’t success rates higher?
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Many people make vague resolutions about their weight. “Lose weight” is not so much a goal as it is a wish or undefined dream. Losing weight might be the ideal end result, but a true resolution actually requires specific action steps that will take you where you want to be.
If you are resolved to lose weight this year, you must have a strategy to put a plan into action. To lose weight, you must decrease your caloric intake and maintain healthy habits year-round. How does this translate to practical daily applications?
A Limited Daily Caloric Intake
If you want to lose weight, you need to decrease your caloric intake. A safe and healthy way to lose weight is to lose about one pound per week.
The Advantage of Pre-Packaged Meals
With 3-7 meals a day, depending on how many Dr. Masood prescribes, patients must limit their meals to a specific number of calories. The number of meals and calories per day varies for each individual patient. To help limit your caloric intake, you can take advantage of prepackaged meals. Prepackaged meals help regulate and maintain your required caloric intake, so you don’t have to stress out about planning each meal. Patients can also select a nutritious shake to replace a meal, or eat a high-protein low-calorie bar when they feel hungry.
You can supplement these prepackaged meals with one or two regular meals, but only under the supervision of a board-certified bariatrician. These regular meals shouldn’t contain dense foods like cookies or fried food, which usually contain more than the allotted number of calories per meal. If you indulge on these types of food, you’ll feel hungry sooner, but you won’t have any calories left over to spare. You won’t be able to lose weight this way.
Do You Need Our Help?
If you want to jump-start your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, check out our short-term, 6-week program offered only throughout the month of December! At a discount, patients will receive 3 in-office visits, a full body composition analysis on our Inbody 570, a meeting with our behaviorist/physiologist, and 2 visits with our bariatrician!