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Dr. Oz Talks Resolutions & Weight Loss

For many, the month of January is all about creating and sticking to New Year’s resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight and get healthy. Our favorite tv doctor, Dr. Oz sat down with to talk weight loss, health and a whole lot more. For the full interview, click here.

What should people be doing on the first week of January to set themselves up for a successful 2012?

Dr. Oz: January 1st isn’t about beating yourself up for making foolish mistakes during the holidays. It’s a time for reinvention, revisiting the things you want to do in your life, and committing to them. Starting today, what people ought to be thinking about is their New Year’s resolution. Roughly half the people who try to lose weight will be on some kind of a program that will at least last into the summer. Only about 4% or 5% of people who don’t do New Year’s resolutions will have similar statistics. 

New Year’s resolutions matter, but there are two important mistakes you make with them. The first is we’re not concrete enough. Set a goal that is unambiguous. I’m going to lose seven pounds by this month, by my birthday, or by whatever the endpoint is. The second mistake we make is we don’t hold ourselves accountable for the people around us. If you tell people publicly you’re doing it, and better yet, if you partner with one or two of them so they can help you in your darker times, this will allow you succeed at a much greater rate.

You don’t want to reinvent the wheel. You want to automate your meals, so breakfast and lunch ought to be pretty much the same thing every day or at least close. You don’t want to waste time thinking about what snacks you’re going to have. You should have all those things close at hand so that you don’t have to go through making difficult decisions where you’ll trip and begin to fail.

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