21 Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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If you’re among the 45% of Americans who set goals for the New Year, it’s likely at least one of your top three has something to do with weight loss, eating healthier, or exercising more – or all three! We applaud your decision to take back your health. With resolutions, however, comes this inherent doubt about actually sticking to those goals for the long term. You don’t have to be part of the 92% who don’t keep their resolutions! They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit – so we’ve come up with a list of 21 tips to help you form new, healthy habits so you can keep your New Year’s resolutions this year.

1. Work out at work. You don’t have to wait until you get home or hit the gym to get in a bit of exercise. Bike to work, walk during lunch, and take the long way to the bathroom – on the next floor up. Need workout ideas? Check out Work Day Weight Loss Tricks to Start the New Year Right

2. Weigh yourself the right way. Don’t avoid it, and weigh yourself at the same time on the same scale. Track progress and avoid attaching your worth to your weight. Is the scale weighing you down? Stop. The Scale Is Only A Tool For Weight Loss

3. Stop eating diet-killing foods. Sodium, added sweeteners, excessive carbs, and alcohol are sneaky diet-killers. Cut them out and you’ll be amazed at much more momentum your weight loss will have! Do you have it all wrong? Check out Foods to Avoid While Dieting

4. Eliminate drinks sabotaging your weight loss. It’s easy to associate the food we eat with weight loss, but we don’t always think through what we drink. Pre-made smoothies, flavored water, and sports drinks sound healthy, but aren’t. Don't drink your calories with these so-called diet drinks. 7 Drinks That Will Ruin Your Diet Fitness, Exercise, Workout, Gym

5. Start weight training. While cardio can help the pounds come off, weight training is actually the best exercise to use while you lose weight because it prevents losing muscle mass while toning your muscles for that slim physique you want. Weight training helps with weight loss! Check out Weight Training is the #1 Workout for Weight Loss 6. Eat more fiber. Healthy fiber consumption helps keep us feeling full for longer, lowers cholesterol, and reduces our risk of digestive issues. Fiber helps you stay full longer, resulting in eating less. Get the basics of fiber in Fiber 101

7. Quit the fast food habit. It’s quick, convenient… and a diet killer. Kick the habit once and for all by packing snacks, keeping a food journal, and planning ahead. Hooked on fast food? The Game Changing Guide to Avoiding Fast Food

8. Forego even the occasional “cheat meal.” Cheating, even rarely, prevents your body from adapting to a healthy lifestyle and messes with your metabolism. You’re better off sticking to your diet strictly and not cheating. You need to know: How Cheat Meals Are Ruining Your Diet

9. Stop focusing so much on calories. While a helpful tool in measuring nutrition, calories are not the only thing that matters about nutrition. The quality of your food is actually the most important thing. Calorie counting and more! Top 8 Diet Mistakes to Avoid

10. Focus on boosting your metabolism. Eating more protein, building muscle, and getting adequate vitamin D are good places to start. Make your metabolism work for you. Need to Know Facts About Your Metabolism

11. Eat breakfast… always. It’s the most important meal of the day period, but even more important for people trying to lose weight. Starting your day with a good breakfast has been proven to help you lose weight faster and more effectively. Breakfast, it's the most important meal of the day! Two Week Healthy Breakfast Challenge

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12. Fuel your body well after a workout. When you finish an intense exercise session, it’s tempting to grab whatever is convenient as a snack. Instead, replenish your energy with high-protein snacks like our 310 Meal Replacement Shake. Your body needs protein! Quick & Easy Post-Workout 310 Shake Recipes

13. Take on the body image challenge. How we think about ourselves has the ability to affect how successful we’ll be at trying to lose weight and be healthier. Focus on what you can change, stop looking at the wrong thing, and work on your posture. How do you feel about yourself? Take the Body Image Challenge

14. Walk more. Finding time to exercise seems daunting, but simply going on a walk is a non-disruptive way to get moving. 10,000 steps a day equals burning about 500 calories! Make it easy! 13 Ways to Walk More

15. Eat smarter with fat-burning foods. Nuts, fish, green tea, eggs, cinnamon, and protein powder are fast-busting powerhouses. Incorporating them into your diet will help you lose weight faster. Use food to your advantage. Fat Burning Foods for Fast Weight Loss

16. Change your perspective about exercise. Some people legitimately hate working out. Start thinking about it differently by finding ways to exercise that feel more like playing, and rewarding yourself for hitting goals. Need motivation? 5 Mental Tricks to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

17. Get more fruit into your diet. Replacing your go-to snacks with healthy, low-calorie fruit cuts easily 500 calories from your daily diet. Watermelon, grapefruit, and apples in particular will help you lose weight faster. Feed your sweet tooth and aid in weight loss! 5 Fruits that Help with Weight Loss

18. Incorporate more “spoonfuls” into your diet. A spoonful of coconut oil, flax seeds, cinnamon, turmeric, dark chocolate, or protein powder can really help you lose weight. Choose your favorites and start eating more! Small bites, big benefits! 14 Simple Health Hacks for Better Weight Loss

19. Learn how to read nutrition labels. Food labeling can be deceptive. Educate yourself on how to be a food detective so you can understand what listed ingredients mean and what nutrition ratios are ideal. Know what's really in your food! How to Read Nutrition Labels the Smart Way

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20. Eat more super foods. You’ve heard about them, but what exactly is a super food? Basically, they are foods the CDC has deemed extremely nutrient dense. Eating them will boost your overall nutrition and help you stay healthy. We love kale, but it's #11 on the list. 10 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale

21. Stop eating junk food in disguise. Just because something is supposedly a “diet” drink or an “all-natural” snack doesn’t mean it’s actually beneficial to eat. Focus instead on eating real food you’ve made yourself. You may think it's healthy, but is it really? Find out! Junk Food in Disguise

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