Nutrition Health Review

WINTER 2017

Nutrition Health Review provides consumers updates on the latest medical research, news, trends, and products in nutrition and healthy living.

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A ccording to data pulled from Google by iQuanti, 41 percent of Americans made New Year's resolutions this past January, and of those who did, the majority made losing weight and/or having a more healthy diet one of their priority goals for 2017. Unfortunately, data show that only about eight percent of those individuals will actually achieve their goals. 1 Attempting overly ambitious, unrealistic goals, setting too many goals, or setting goals with no plans in place for achieving them are why most people fail at achieving their New Year's resolutions each year. 2–4 According to iQuanti, however, "people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions." In other words, people who are committed to changing a behavior and who implement precise steps to achieve this change are more likely to succeed than those who set ambiguous goals with no set plan for achieving them. According to University of Scranton psychology professor John Norcross, PhD, effective strategies for achieving self- improvement goals include setting up systems to reward new behaviors, avoiding high-risk situations, and engaging in the target behavior. 3,4 And according to psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD, 2 "Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal [...] can help you reach whatever it is you strive for." "Remember," stated Bufka, 2 "it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important, and working toward it, one step at a time." Changing a behavior is never easy, but with some careful planning and realistic expectations, success can be yours. We've collected the following tips from the experts that may help you achieve those 2017 healthy lifestyle resolutions. 1. BE SPECIFIC. A well-thought out, simple goal with a plan of action and accountability in place is more likely to be achieved than an ambiguous, unrealistic, or overly ambitious goal. 6 So, when setting goals, try to be as specific as you can. It's difficult creating and following a plan of action when the goal is too general. And it's difficult to know if or when you've achieved success when the goal is ambiguous. Setting goals that are measurable will help ensure that they are precise. 6 2. START SMALL. Some goals may be easier to achieve if they are broken up into Winter 2017 • Volume 114 3 Continued on p4 * W I L L I N G a n d A B L E ! Achieving Your Healthy Lifestyle Goals in 2017 by Elizabeth A. Klumpp

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