COLUMN: Howard’s Health - ‘Resolve to finally lose weight in 2015’

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? If so, you’re in good company. But is there any point?

Psychologists say that many resolutions are broken before the day is out.

The fact that we seem to make the same resolutions every year suggests that few of them stick.

But even if you broke this year’s, or every year’s resolutions, 2015 really can be different.

The secret is to pick your resolution carefully, and make it specific.

Vague resolutions like ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘exercise more’ are hard to quantify and, therefore, easy to forget.

You’ll have a much better chance of succeeding with a specific, measurable goal like taking your dog (or yourself!) for a one mile walk before dinner, every night.

Don’t underestimate the power of small changes, especially if you stick with them.

A one mile walk a day could see you lose an average of about 200 calories a day.

That’s 1,400 calories a week, 5,600 calories a month, 67,200 calories a year.

Or change from semi-skimmed milk in your tea to skimmed milk.

You will save 3 calories every cup of tea, so if you enjoy two cups a day you will save 180 calories a month or 2,160 a year.

Grandiose plans to radically overhaul your diet in the first months of the New Year are usually doomed to failure.

You’ll get a lot more success out of choosing a couple of small but meaningful changes that you can stick to so they are part of a lifestyle and is easy to maintain throughout 2015.

So if you have made New Year’s resolutions look at them again and make sure they are small ones that really count – and help you reach your long term goals.

n Award winning local diet coach John Howard understands how hard it is to lose weight – and keep it off.

He lost 7 stone in five months – and eight years on has kept his new shape.

John Howard supports dieters on a one to one basis at Eye near Diss and from a health centre in Stowmarket, to lose about a stone a month and no longer be unhappy with their weight.

He can be contacted on 0787 231 4653, 01379 678416, or by email at john@live-everyday.co.uk

For more details: www.cambridgeweightplan.com/JohnH