5 Weight Loss Resolutions You Can Keep All Year

Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day

5 Year-Round Weight-Loss Resolutions: I'm going to walk 10,000 steps per day
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The reason exercise resolutions rarely last is that they’re often unrealistic and unenjoyable. If you resolve to hit the gym every day, but you have a full-time job and hate working out in public, it’s probably not going to happen.

Walking a certain number of steps each day is more realistic and easy to fit in! You don’t need to take all the steps at the same time, you don’t need special equipment, and you don’t even need to leave your house!

Get yourself a fitness tracker or download a tracking app on your smartphone and make a game out of hitting those 10,000 steps per day. If you need to work up to it, start with 5,000 steps per day and add an extra 500 each week. 

Check Nutrition Stats Before Dining Out

5 Year-Round Weight-Loss Resolutions: I’ll check the nutritional stats before I eat out.
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Restaurant food and fast-casual fare can be a dieter’s worst enemy, but they don’t have to be. There’s a simple way to dine out without packing on pounds. Just consult the nutritional info before you order.

Most chain restaurants and fast-food joints provide calorie counts these days, so there’s no excuse to eat in ignorance. Review the stats and order accordingly.

When in doubt, use common sense. You can’t go wrong with grilled chicken on a lettuce bun and hold the mayo.

Keep a Food Journal

5 Year-Round Weight-Loss Resolutions: I'll keep a food journal.
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If you want to lose weight, write down everything you eat. Recording every single bite is super helpful because it holds you accountable to yourself. You can resist all sorts of tempting but unnecessary foods if you know you’re gonna have to write them down.

Plus, looking back on a written record of your food choices can help you identify diet saboteurs. For example, maybe you didn’t realize that every time you skip breakfast you eat twice as much at dinnertime.

Buy Healthy Once a Week

5 Year-Round Weight-Loss Resolutions: I'll do a grocery run for healthy food at least once a week.
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The grocery store should be your new best friend. If you really commit to hitting the supermarket at least once a week to pick out good-for-you foods, eating healthy will be much easier. If all you have in your kitchen are nutritious, low-calorie snacks and ingredients, that’s what you’re going to eat.

Drink More Water

5 Year-Round Weight-Loss Resolutions: I'm going to drink more water.
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Drinking water is one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy. Water doesn’t have magical fat-burning properties, but it can definitely help with weight loss. In fact, several studies have found that among people who are dieting, those who drank the most water lost the most weight.

My take is that drinking water helps with weight loss for a few reasons. First, sipping H2O can help you feel full and eliminate hunger pangs. Second, you save calories every time you drink water instead of a calorie-laden beverage.

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