By the end of January, 36 percent of New Year’s resolvers have given up their resolve. Here’s why:

  1. Making a Vague, Results-Based Resolution– Instead of “I want to lose weight” which is vague, resolve that to “I will eat more vegetables” or “I will eat smaller portions”. These goals will lead to weight loss.
  2. Thinking it takes 21 days to form a habit- It doesn’t. It’s more like three months to form a habit. So don’t freak out and give up when you’re a month into your resolution. Be patient, and living healthy will become second nature. 
  3.  Not Tracking Your Progress-Evaluating yourself can be scary, which is why many people do not do it. But monitoring your progress, whether it’s by measuring your waistline, stepping on the scale, tracking your workouts, or writing what you eat—can up your chances of following through with the changes you need
    to make every day. 
  4. Not Addressing Why You Have Gained Weight In the First Place– To lose weight and keep it off, you have to combat the issues that made you put on an extra few pounds to begin with. This is especially true when it comes to comfort foods, sugars, and certain starches.