Now that it's a new year, a lot of folks are trying to lose weight as part of their resolutions.

Some experts say only 1 in 20 of all new dieters make it three months into their new diet, which leaves a lot of people frustrated because of the wasted time and money spent trying to lose weight.

Josh Taylor, the Director of Fitness at California Family Fitness, offered some free tips to help you lose weight and keep it off.

  1. Start small: Break it down. Setting a goal for the entire year can be daunting. Make smaller, monthly, goals along the way to keep you motivated. Smaller goals are more realistic to obtain and will add up over time, making health and fitness resolutions last throughout 2019.
  2. Write it down: Sometimes it might not feel like you have made progress, but if you have something to refer to, you can see how far you have actually come.
  3. Create accountability: Create a support system. Tell family and friends your goal so that they can help keep you accountable on days you don’t feel your best. California Family Fitness also offers a great support system, with a community of like-minded members and personal trainers to keep you accountable.
  4. Refocusing eating habits: Proper nutrition plays an important role in fitness goals. Take note of “good” meals. Often, people focus on perfectly executing dietary changes that restrict calories or certain food groups at the beginning of a weight loss plan, which can quickly lead to failure. Instead, focus on eating an increasing number of “good” meals per week to slowly build good eating habits for the long-term.
  5. Treat every day like January 1st: While the start of a new year is a great time to start new goals, it’s just a day on the calendar. If you haven’t started your fitness goals yet, it’s not too late. You can set and start resolutions any day of the year!

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