If you want to achieve your weight-loss goals, realistic targets will mean better results, says AMA chair Dr Shaun Rudd.
If you want to achieve your weight-loss goals, realistic targets will mean better results, says AMA chair Dr Shaun Rudd. Thinkstock

Achieve your 2016 goals

WHETHER it's giving up smoking, drinking or losing weight, new year's resolutions are much easier to make than they are to uphold.

You may have made an announcement at the New Year's Eve party about your plans to never drink soft drink or touch another cigarette again, but former president of the Australian Medical Association Dr Shaun Rudd says if you don't have a plan in place, you will most likely be drinking and smoking again by Valentines Day.

"You need to set realistic goals and plan ahead as well," Dr Rudd said.

"You can't just decide on New Year's Eve, you have to actually plan and make some decisions about when you're going to do this.

"Keep a food diary and see what you can realistically cut out, and look at your calendar, if you have three up-coming parties where you know people will be drinking or smoking or eating bad food, it's not going to be easy to quit then."

Dr Rudd said people could also speak to their GP about the best ways to get healthy.

"There's no reason why they can't seek professional help," he said.

"It's not all going to happen on the first day of January, but if they want to start doing something straight away for smoking there are various medications that can help and we can give them advice on how to do quit.

"There's help online such as quit line and various other resources available."

Hervey Bay personal trainer from Vision Achieved health and fitness Dave Timmins said setting small, achievable goals was a more effective approach compared to one big goal.

"Don't make it overly complicated," Dave said.

"Give yourself an achievable target, separate a 20-kilo weight-loss goal into a kilo a week, as you keep knocking out those goals you'll achieve the bigger picture."

He said having a strong support network, or even someone to reach a similar goal with you, could make a big difference.

"Get your family involved," he said.

"Usually when couples are heading towards the same goal, if they're working towards it together, they're more likely to achieve it."

Dr Rudd added it was more difficult to kick a habit or uphold a resolution if the people around you had the same bad habit.

"If everyone around you is smoking or eating unhealthy food, it will be harder," he said.

"But if you all decide to stop, that can be stressful but the outcome can be better for everyone."



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