10 Tips for Sticking with Your New Year’s Resolution

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If you’re like millions of Americans, your New Year’s celebration ended with a resolution to lose weight in 2024. Making a commitment like this is a great first step toward a healthier and happier you. But we all know that setting a goal is far easier than actually making it happen. Staying on track and maintaining weight loss can be quite challenging. But you can do this!

Here are 10 tips to make it easier to stick with your weight loss resolution this New Year and beyond:

1. Drink Up

Hunger and thirst are easily confused, so stay hydrated. But don’t make the mistake of drinking your calories. Opt for water. If you feel like you need a flavor boost, add fresh fruit slices, a few squeezes of lemon, or some sprigs of mint leaves.

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2. Snack Mindfully

It is all too easy to derail an otherwise flawless diet by overeating at snack time. Be mindful of your snacks. Opt for fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats. Make sure your choices serve up nutritional value and will keep you satisfied until your next meal.

3. Sleep

Studies show a link between sleep deprivation and excess pounds. Getting enough sleep will make it easier to make clear-headed, healthful choices throughout the day.

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4. Jumpstart Your Weight Loss

Studies show that early weight loss is a predictor of long-term success. Look for programs that keep you motivated like Nutrisystem. Select plans include 7 in 7, a specially selected first week created by dietitians to help you lose up to 7 pounds in your first 7 days* – because when you get off to a fast start, you’re more likely to reach your goal!

5. Eat Small

Research suggests that eating smaller, balanced meals throughout the day promotes greater weight loss and maintenance. Schedule meals every two to three hours, six times a day.

6. Get Moving

Exercise doesn’t have to be daunting! Get started with 10-minute sessions, three times a day. Movement sets your metabolism in motion so make sure it’s a consistent part of your weight loss efforts.

7. Eat Out, the Healthy Way

Restaurant portions can be monstrous. Set aside half the meal and save it for later. Avoid menu terms like “breaded,” “fried,” “crispy” and “smothered.” At buffets, fill your first plate up entirely with greens before moving on to other options. Try these simple tricks for dining out in slim-down style!

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8. Embrace Setbacks

Sometimes diets get temporarily thrown off course by a missed workout or a second slice of birthday cake. Rather than throwing in the towel entirely, view the setback for what it really is, a temporary misstep.

9. Be Accountable

Keep a food and exercise diary to reinforce good habits. Log food, drinks, activity, weight and more to stay accountable. Try Nutrisystem’s FREE online tracking tool, the NuMi app, which makes logging simple.

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10. Don’t Go It Alone

We know that losing weight isn’t exactly a cakewalk. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you haven’t already, check out Nutrisystem’s weight loss plans, which have been developed by experts to make it easier to lose weight and live healthier. We even have a Partner Plan so that you and a family member or friend can tackle your goals together!

If you are already on the Nutrisystem program, take advantage of our Weight Loss Coaching services. They can help answer all of your questions about Nutrisystem or weight loss in general. Sign up for the Nutrisystem newsletter so you can get recipes and fresh new weight loss tips from our experts delivered right to your inbox. Visit The Leaf Weight Loss Blog daily to get the latest nutrition and fitness tips, plus hundreds of healthy recipes that fit with your plan.

With the right attitude and the right tools, you can make 2024 the year you finally lose the weight for good. Get started with Nutrisystem today! >

*In a study, average weight loss was 5.1 pounds in the first 7 days.