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6 Tips for Making Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution a SuccessThe beginning of a new year is often a time to look ahead to what changes you want to start making in your life in the coming year. Over 40% of American adults make New Year’s resolutions each year. Some want to spend less and save more, while others would like to quit unhealthful habits, like smoking. But by far, the most common resolutions are to lose weight and improve health. [1]

Unfortunately, research has found that less than half of adults who make New Year’s resolutions are successful with them come June.[2] But, don’t be discouraged. There are steps you can take to increase your success with your New Year’s resolutions to make this your most healthy year yet.

It all starts with focusing on measurable steps you can make to get the outcome you want, rather than solely focusing on the end result. So, instead of starting the year saying you want to “be healthier” and “lose weight,” concentrate on easier, more actionable goals. Here are 6 steps that you can get started on right now to get you on the path to lasting, good health this year:

  1. Purge Your Fridge and Pantry of Highly Processed Foods. Kick off the year with a good purge of all the sugary, over-processed foods lurking in your refrigerator and pantry. Starting the year with a clean slate and eliminating trigger foods from your home helps to set you up for a healthier year ahead. Replace those processed items with more healthful options like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain snacks, and nuts.
  2. Be Mindful When Eating. In today’s fast-paced world, eating on the go, or while you’re doing something else, has become common. You eat lunch at your desk while working on your computer. Or, you sit down on the sofa for dinner while watching your favorite television show. But, a growing body of research is finding that when you practice mindful eating—taking time to really experience your meals, chewing slowly, and getting rid of distractions like your phone or television—you can make more healthful food choices, and may even lose weight. [3], [4]
  3. Get Moving...Slowly. Gyms are packed in January and February, filled with hopeful exercisers looking to get fit and look great. But come June, you’ll likely find your local gym empty. That’s because so many people try hard to do too much too fast. Rather than throw your body into intense, 5-day workouts in January, focus on doing little things that increase your daily physical activity. Start taking the stairs at work rather than the elevator. Park further from the front door at the store, so that you have to walk a little further. Take your dog for an extra walk each day. Each month, incorporate more activity into your daily routine. Making small changes can help get your body moving and increase your fitness.
  4. Drink More Water. Soda and juice are often loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, and chemicals. If you drink 2-3 servings of soda or juice each day, try swapping one of those servings out with water to start. As drinking water becomes more of a habit, swap out another serving. Soon, you’ll start to enjoy the clean, cool water even more than the sweet beverages you had been drinking. Even better, research has found that drinking water helps keep you feeling full longer, so you’re less likely to overeat, and you may even lose some weight.[5]
  5. Take a Multivitamin Every Day. Adding a multivitamin to your daily routine is one of the easiest steps you can take to a healthier life. A quality multivitamin will include meaningful doses of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at its best. It can also help fill nutrient gaps, and deliver nutrients that are not naturally present in foods, such as vitamin D. The Rainbow Light Vibrance™ line of multivitamins is designed with comprehensive formulas to help deliver benefits you can actually see and feel…from steady energy to comfortable digestion, and immune support, and even healthier skin.*
  6. Make More Plans with Family and Friends. Research has found that adults who socialize with family and friends are healthier and have better physical health, especially adults over 50.[6] So, get out there and enjoy the company of someone you love. Make a date with your spouse; join your best friend for a movie; or, start a book club with your neighbors.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

[1] “New Years Resolution Statistics– Statistic Brain.” 2017 Statistic Brain Research Institute, publishing as Statistic Brain. January 1, 2017.

[2] Norcross, J., et al. Auld lang syne: success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year's resolvers and nonresolvers. J Clin Psychol. 2002 Apr;58(4):397-405.

[3] Mason, A., et al. Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on mindful eating, sweets consumption, and fasting glucose levels in obese adults: data from the SHINE randomized controlled trial. J Behav Med. 2016 Apr;39(2):201-13.

[4] Daly, P., et al. A mindful eating intervention: A theory-guided randomized anti-obesity feasibility study with adolescent Latino females. Complement Ther Med. 2016 Oct;28:22-8.

[5] Madjd, A., et al. Effects on weight loss in adults of replacing diet beverages with water during a hypoenergetic diet: a randomized, 24-wk clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Dec;102(6):1305-12.

[6] Umberson D, Montez JK. Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy. J Health Soc Behav. 2010; 51(Suppl): S54–S66.