Let MRC Put the Statistics in Your Favor
Statistics can tell us something useful when we're looking at a large group of people. For example, the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that more than two out of three adults in the US are overweight or obese. Despite the fact that losing weight is the number one New Year's resolution, US News and World Report notes that 80 percent of people don't achieve success. Here are some ways to avoid being a statistic.
Set Your Weight Loss Goals
Saying “I want to lose weight” on January 1st is very different from saying “My goal is to lose 10 pounds by the end of February.” The second goal is specific and can be achieved by nearly anyone. It sets a reasonable target and allows enough time to correct dietary slips along the way. Writing down your goal also helps to keep it firmly in your mind. Keep your goals simple – and don't set multiple large goals. Self-improvement takes time.
Always Track Your Progress
A chart or graph is a great visual reminder of your progress; keep it somewhere you'll see it at least once a day. Some people place it on the front of the refrigerator. A daily journal is another way of tracking progress. A journal can help you capture the connection between factors like stress, fatigue and emotions that affect your eating patterns.
One of the most important things you can do on your weight loss journey is to get support. Ideally, you want someone who can be a coach and cheerleader – someone who's been down the same road and can share potential pitfalls and strategies for success. Counselors at the Metabolic Research Center have all of those qualifications. Please contact us – we can help keep you from becoming a statistic.
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