End-of-the-Year-Weight-Loss Strategies

Late in November people who have been carefully managing their weight start to lose their motivation.

They go into the month with steadfast determination and exit the month with, “I’ll worry about my weight next year. It’s too hard and no fun to be losing weight during the holiday season.”FullSizeRender

They’re lying to themselves. While they say they don’t care about weight loss, they do care. While they say they can’t lose weight during the holidays, they could lose weight. Lying to themselves takes a lot more joy out of the season than sticking to a sensible, balanced weight loss plan.

There are some simple weight loss strategies for the end of the year. They don’t interfere with delicious holiday eating and they don’t get in the way of holiday fun!

1. Create and use an anchor.FullSizeRender

An anchor is an object you keep with you at all times. A ring or a watch makes a good anchor. Your anchor is a symbol of what a resourceful, accomplished person you are. You know you can set and achieve goals, because you have been doing it your whole life, whether you even knew it or not. That’s how you learned to walk, write, read, drive a car, to name just a few. You are brave, creative, tenacious, and determined. Your anchor reminds you of these inner resources and that they can be applied to your weight-related goals.

Use your anchor for flexible restraint. Enjoy some treats, but maintain control. This is not the time of year for 100% adherence to your weight loss program. You will be able to make a little progress (and certainly no undo any of the progress you’ve already made) with 70% adherence.

2. Give yourself a break from a lot of counting and tracking.

Counting and tracking your food is an effective tool for weight management. It can be especially helpful when you’re first getting started. It can also become tedious, and for some it leads to black and white behavior. In other words, some people are studious counter/trackers until they exceed their daily limit. Once they have crossed the line, or “blown it,” they get so out of control it’s almost a feeding frenzy.

Weight Watchers teaches members the Simply Filling approach.Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 7.26.36 AM

It’s based on Weight Watchers power foods. Power foods are foods that are good for you, help to keep you feeling full longer, lower in calories for the size of the portions, and highly nutritious. By building your daily food choices on power foods you’re free to eat as much as you need to be satisfied (not the same as “eat as much as you want!”*) Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 7.01.54 PM

By eating nutritious food you enjoy and focusing on staying satisfied and avoiding getting too hungry, you have more strength to indulge in holiday treats and drinks without over-indulging.

3. Give yourself a “PreHoliday” gift.

The end of the year becomes a time when we tend to think and care about everybody else but ourself. We do everything for the important – and sometimes not-so-important – people in our life while sacrificing our own needs. As difficult as this concept is to grasp, it’s absolutely true that we can’t do our best for others when we neglect ourselves.

A half hour spent with people who have similar goals and challenges, can keep you centered, balanced, and moving towards your weight goal. That will make you happy, but staying centered and balanced will give you a sense of energy and achievement that makes you feel great. Instead of dreading getting back on track in the new year, you greet January 1 feeling powerful! Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 7.25.24 AM

If you’re a Weight Watchers member reading this blog, give yourself the gift of meeting attendance! It’s a gift that will last all year long because you will learn that no matter what’s going on in your life, or no matter what the time of year, you can stick with your weight and health goals!

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.