To lose weight is one of the top New Year’s resolutions every year. You’ve probably made it once or twice yourself, and we commend you for accomplishing such an ambitious goal. What? You didn’t actually stick to your resolution? Don’t feel bad; the majority of those who made the same resolution didn’t either. The good news is that losing weight isn’t the only path to well-being in 2016.
Good health happens when the physical, emotional, and social or environmental parts of our lives are in balance. When people resolve to lose weight, they are actually expressing that they want to feel and look better.
This year consider making a new kind of New Year’s resolution. Don’t make losing weight your main goal. However, you just might find that it’s a nice side benefit to being happy and healthy.
- Get some fresh air.
- Simply being in nature can have a big effect on an overloaded mind. Find a place in nature that speaks to you, whether it’s a spot in your backyard or a bench at a local park. Visit there regularly, even if it’s only for a short time.
- Make an effort to get some fresh air every day. Park your car a little farther from the door in parking lots, take a quick walk around your office building at lunch, or wake up 15 minutes earlier and jog around your neighborhood.
- Step away from the screen.
- Research shows children who spend too much time in front of screens — computers, TV, video games — are at a greater risk for obesity, have a harder time falling and staying asleep, don’t focus well, and experience more anxiety and depression. Who’s to say adults are any different?
- Sleep more.
- If you want a major life overhaul without much effort, getting more sleep is the way to go.
- Sleeping helps you burn fat, decreases stress, improves your immune system, and boosts your mood and mental clarity.
- Slowly change your routine to add 15 minutes a night until you get to eight hours.
- Add something.
- Instead of subtracting soda, sugar, or fat from your diet, make a resolution to add something.
- Add a serving of vegetables to every meal.
- Add protein to your snacks.
- Add two glasses of water to your daily routine.
- Add 15 minutes of meditation to your bedtime routine or 15 minutes of classical music to your commute to help you destress.
- Add some organization time to your daily schedule.
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are considering bariatric surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He and his team of experts can help you find the right treatment for you, and we wish you a happy and healthy new year!