By Cheri Hinshelwood
When weight loss tops your New Year’s resolutions, making a fresh start can lead to a healthier you. Think of your resolution as what you’d like to achieve and mini resolutions as how you’ll reach your goal, said Sonia Humphrey, MD, medical director for Mission Weight Management.
- Set a reasonable weight-loss target. Most obesity-related conditions improve with a modest weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight. “If a medical condition is your motivation, seek a clinician’s help sooner than later if you aren’t seeing success,” said Dr. Humphrey. “Your health could depend on it.”
- Pick your priority. Target the areas in your life in need of the most improvement. Making healthy food choices and controlling portion size are two effective mini resolutions that lead to weight loss. Getting enough water per day is also a must, as thirst is often confused with hunger.
- Get moving. Every step you take to increase your heart rate throughout the day can tip the scales in your favor. Take the stairs, park at the farthest corner of the parking lot, carry your groceries instead of using a cart or walk your pet three times per day instead of one. It all adds up.
- Be rested. Physical and emotional fatigue can drain your energy. Getting quality, restorative sleep or time to rejuvenate can improve results. You’ll have energy to plan, make healthy choices and be efficient in your day to allow follow-through with exercise.
- Make it a habit. Turn your mini resolutions into lasting life changes for big results. Recruit friends and family to help so all of your settings are encouraging. “As you become more balanced, you’ll be better able to make even more changes for a healthier, happier you,” said Dr. Humphrey.
Mission Weight Management can help you reach your weight-loss goals through:
- Medical Weight Management
- Dietary Advice
- Exercise Therapy
- Surgical Weight Management
- Behavioral Modification
Sonia Humphrey, MD, is medical director for Mission Weight Management.