-- Randy Dotinga
SUNDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- By this point, New Year's
resolutions might be a dim memory -- which makes it a good time for
fine-tuning, especially for those who resolved to lose weight.
Brittany Glassett, a registered dietitian with Porter Adventist
Hospital in Denver, suggests using what she calls the "SMART"
system to create goals for yourself -- with "smart" being an
acronym for goals that are specific, measurable, attainable,
realistic and timely.
In the area of specificity, for example, don't just plan to "eat
better." Make a specific goal, such as eating fast food three fewer
times a month.
Write down your goals and focus on just one or two at a time to
avoid becoming overwhelmed. Then keep working on those one or two
goals until you've made a change, remembering that it takes about
three weeks to adopt a new habit.
Glassett also suggests thinking about mini-goals. Instead of
saying you'll lose 50 pounds, consider losing 5 pounds over the
next four weeks.
And get support from family and friends: Let them know about
your goals and tell them to hold you accountable.
Glassett also has created a list of what she calls six small
changes that make a big difference:
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on
what it takes to lose weight.
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