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Successful New Years Resolutions: January 2, 2011

It's January and gyms are packed with people following through with their New Year's Resolution to lose weight. The intentions are good, but 8 out of 10 people fail to keep that resolution. "I think a lot of people just say it as their resolution, but they don't really 100% mean it or maybe it's not the best time for them," suggests Weight Management Dietitian, Elizabeth McCormick.

For some people, a new year signals change. A time to start fresh. While this can be a great motivator, it shouldn't be the only motivating factor. "It shouldn't be just a date. Ok, I'm gonna start on January first. If you are motivated today, whether it's the middle of June or the beginning of November, start then."

McCormick works with people to make sure they stick with their plan and follow through. "Really to be successful with weight loss, you have to be motivated and you have to make sure it's the right time in your life to really focus on weight loss."

Switching bad habits with good ones can be a challenge. "I do tell them it is a lot of work which is why its gotta be a good time in your life to focus on it but the more effort you put into it NOW, the easier it becomes and this is where a true lifestyle change is so much different from a fad diet."

McCormick says a few mistakes here and there are understandable. "No one is perfect and I also explain that to them because way too many people beat themselves up."

To learn more about adopting a new lifestyle change to help you succeed with your resolution, you can call the Lee Center for Weight Management at 239 573-5727.