LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Each year about 38% of New Year's resolutions relate to getting healthier and losing weight. However, less than half of the people who make resolutions actually stick with them.
Registered dietitian Kristen Rowe says if you are serious about making a new start this year, you must set "SMART" goals.
-Ask What, Why, and How:
-What do I want to achieve?
-Why I am doing this now?
-How will I achieve it?
-Goal should be in writing.
-Set short term and long term goals
-Be able to visualize yourself achieving your goal.
-Know that it is within your reach.
-Aim for 1-2 lbs. a week.
-Health benefits can be seen with just a 10% decrease in weight.
-Gradually build up to ultimate goal. Example: If you do not exercise currently, don't say that you will begin running a mile tomorrow.
-Have a start date and an end date.
-It's easy to never start if your goal is not time specific.
-Keep a weight loss journal or food diary.
-Increase fruits and veggies.
-Cook more meals at home.
-Start small and do not have an all or nothing mentality.