It’s that special time of year when the holiday season draws to a close and the countdown to the new year is just days away. And if you are like an estimated 45 percent of Americans, it is also the time when you are establishing your New Year’s resolutions. However, if you have ever struggled to fulfill your new goals, you are not alone. Research suggests that a mere 8 percent of individuals are able to successfully accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. With weight loss ranking as a top resolution each year, it’s no wonder that the overwhelming desire to live healthier is such an elusive reality for millions of Americans. Nevertheless, by implementing a few simple approaches to setting your health goals for 2016, it is possible to significantly increase your chances of achieving the body and healthy lifestyle you’ve always desired.
It is important to remember that the commitment to a healthier lifestyle is a marathon and not a sprint. By selecting too many goals at once, we risk achieving few or none at all. Dr. John Norcross, an internationally recognized psychologist and expert on behavior, suggests that positive change begins with “realistic, attainable goals…if you can’t measure it, it’s not a very good resolution because vague goals beget vague resolutions.” But what does this look like when it comes to losing weight? Setting a goal weight, measuring progress and developing a roadmap to success can be daunting tasks. But with the Medifast California approach, you can put your mind at ease. Our method provides support right from the start of your weight-loss journey with a Body Composition Analysis which assesses and tracks key components such as weight, skeletal muscle mass, body fat mass and overall body fat percentage, water balance (identifies dehydration and swelling) and muscle development in arms, trunk and legs. Armed with specificity, your Certified Counselor can remove the guesswork and provide the best plan of action to achieve your goals.
When we set a New Year’s resolution, we usually start from the point of inspiration. However, the process of moving from idea to action is similar to moving from inspiration to motivation. From a scientific perspective, motivation at its core can be described as a series of small behaviors. Medifast California helps you build healthy habits, even after you have reached your weight loss goal. This is one of the most important times where you’ll need support, and the Medifast Weight Maintenance Program equips you with a full year of maintenance support to ensure you maintain your goal weight. Your Certified Counselor, who will be or has been with you from the beginning of your journey, equips you with the knowledge and tools you need to make healthy choices. From education on how to read nutritional labels to tips for avoiding overeating at social events to recipe ideas, your counselor’s continued accountability and support will help make sure you stay on track. By strategically and gradually reintroducing regular foods into your diet, our counselors help you successfully make the transition from Medifast California meal replacements to regular foods. While this can be a challenging process on your own, you can be confident that the one-on-one guidance and support from your counselor will help you achieve long-term results.
Through every step of your personal weight loss journey, Medifast California will work alongside you as a trusted partner on your road to success. So make a New Year’s resolution to take advantage of everything that Medifast California has to offer. We can’t wait to help you see a new you in 2016. Happy New Year from all of us at Medifast California!