If you’re like most people, you probably made one or more New Year’s Resolutions.  Among the most common resolutions people tend to make is to lose weight and get in better shape. Unfortunately, most people’s resolutions only last about a week, and in many cases, less than that.

Then the real world intrudes, and you realize that accomplishing those goals takes hard work, dedication and focus.

In short, it’s not fun.  If it’s something you’re serious about though, you should know that you don’t have to obsess over it to see a big difference in your life.  Small changes, made incrementally over time, can result in significant weight loss and a much better level of overall health.

Here are a few basic tips to get you started:

  • Eat from a smaller plate. Even if you don’t make significant changes to your diet, this is a great way to start.  It’s a simple psychological trick that works on just about everyone.  You can load your smaller plate to capacity and it still won’t hold as much food as you normally eat on a full-sized plate.  Of course, it goes without saying that you should skip seconds.
  • Add more veggies to your diet. Again, you don’t have to go crazy here, but if your daily diet is short on veggies, simply adding some and eating them first will do wonders for your weight and overall level of health.
  • Consider developing a new walking habit. This is perhaps the easiest and lowest intensity form of exercise you can do.  Best of all, you already know how and have everything you need to do it.  Start modestly, with a ten or fifteen minute walk, every third day, then work up gradually from there.

These are simple changes that you’ll barely have to adjust your routine for, but if you do them and stick with it for a few months, you’ll be amazed at the results and it will likely prompt you to want to do even more.