A New Year, a New Start
1/30/2014, 2:45 p.m.
New Year’s resolutions seem like a great idea in January, but what about in February, March, and beyond? Here’s how to stick with your plan.
Your Resolution: Lose weight.
Keep It Up: Write down in a food diary what you eat, how much, where, when, with whom, and your mood at the time. In one large study, the more often overweight people wrote in a food diary, the more weight they lost.
Your Resolution: Reduce stress.
Keep It Up: Recharge with 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. This improves mood and helps you think clearly and creatively. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
Your Resolution: Manage time.
Keep It Up: Make to-do lists and rank items in order of importance. Tackle high-priority items first. Don’t cut back on exercise; write it on your calendar like any other appointment.
Source: “Weight Loss During the Intensive Intervention Phase of the Weight-Loss Maintenance Trial.” J.F. Hollis et al. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 118–126.