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Three Things You Didn’t Know You Needed to Do to Lose Weight

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Another new year, another chance for people to finally accomplish their new year’s resolution, the most popular of which is to lose weight, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Unfortunately, the same study also found that only 8% of people ever accomplish their New Year’s resolution, while another 24% fail to accomplish their goals every year.

Don’t get discouraged though. An ounce of hope is worth a pound of certainty. You can be one of the 8% who accomplishes their goal, and finally loses weight. Here are a few tips family practice doctors often offer their patients who need a solid, weight loss system.

Get More Sleep.
According to a brand new study from University of Hertfordshire, sleep is the key to achieving your New Year’s resolution. Researchers found that 44% of people who failed to achieve their goals had poor sleeping habits, while two-thirds of those who slept well were able to achieve their goals. The reason is that doing something you don’t want to do is mentally straining. The key to making sure you have plenty of mental energy is to get enough sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, family practice doctors can offer you some tips on how to get more sleep, or prescribe you with a sleep aid.

Keep at It.
It takes a long time to form a habit, unfortunately. Longer than most people think. While it was previously believed that it takes 21 days or three weeks to form a habit, family practice doctors have found that it actually takes closer to 66 days to form a habit. This means that you’ll need to go to the gym for more than two months before it becomes a habit. Family practice doctors say that sticking to a schedule helps. If you keep going every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, it’ll eventually become a habit. Family practice physicians advise you just make it a routine.

Stop Drinking.
Alcohol is the number one drug problem in the country. Not only do 20% of college students meet the criteria for an Alcohol Use Disorder, but about 53% of adults in the U.S. have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem. Even if alcohol doesn’t seriously impact your life — even if you don’t have a drinking problem — it’s still doing terrible things to you. Alcohol is loaded with calories, which is why family practice doctors urge patients who want to lose weight to either down on drinking, or quit drinking entirely.

These are just a few of the tips family practice doctors have that can help you lose weight. If you know of any other tips, or have any questions about what these family practice doctors advise, feel free to ask in the comments.

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