Every new year, one of the most common resolutions made is to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. A health coach from a local weight loss center said it’s important to be patient with yourself.
“When starting a new year’s resolution, it’s very important that you set modest goals that you know you’re going to be able to accomplish. Changing your old behaviors is something that should happen gradually over time and not all at once,” said Corwyn Brown, Health Coach for Profile by Sanford in Morgantown.
Keeping a journal can be a helpful tool to track your journey throughout the year.
“It can actually take up to 21 days to make something a habit and up to six months to make that a personality trait. So, when life happens, don’t give up. Tomorrow will bring a new day, so keep going, and get back on track,” said Brown.
It’s important to get the recommended fruits and vegetables into your diet and make sure that the carbohydrate intake is quality, including whole grain and whole wheat products.
“Measuring your food intake, and knowing how much you are putting into your body is going to be very important. Portion control is something that a lot of people have trouble with. Fast food restaurants, our plates at home are just huge. So, knowing what you’re putting into your body is a great start,” said Brown.
Although numbers on a scale are a good gage for progress, it’s nothing you should get hung up on.
“So we know that plateaus in weight do happen. So at Profile, we like to look at your body fat percentage, your muscle percentage. We take your measurements every four weeks to tell how your body distribution is changing or are you gaining more muscle. Are you losing fat. So just because that number on the scale might not be indicative to all of the hard work someone is putting into their healthy lifestyle change, doesn’t mean they are not being successful,” said Brown.