New Year’s Resolutions: Making Them Last and Staying Safe

With two months of the new year nearly complete, now’s the perfect time to reflect on your New Year’s resolutions and your progress, and perhaps reassess your goals and your strategy for accomplishing them.

If you’re like many people, chances are one of your major goals this year was to improve your health or/and lose weight. If you haven’t lost weight at this point and are feeling frustrated, you may have considered trying a number of fad diets, or even turning to diet pills or different supplements.

Here are some tips for making your new year’s resolution last while also staying safe (and avoiding dangerous dietary tactics) in the process.

Tips for Accomplishing a New Year’s Resolution

There are a number of things that you can do to improve the odds of accomplishing your New Year’s resolution(s). If you’re pretty off track right now, you may want to start by reevaluating your goals, and perhaps adjusting them to be more realistic. In addition to making sure your goals are reflective of what’s actually possible, some other tips for accomplishing a New Year’s resolution, as provided by the American Psychological Association and Columbia College, include:

● Take small steps – Rather than trying to accomplish one big goal, divide your goal into smaller, more manageable goals that you conquer one at a time.

● Share your goals – When you tell people about your goal, you’re more likely to accomplish it for two reasons: First, the fact that you’ve shared your goal with others may motivate you to work harder to accomplish it, and second, others can help to hold you accountable and offer support along the way.

● Reward yourself for progress – Don’t beat yourself up about the fact that you haven’t reached your goal weight (or any other goal) yet; instead, celebrate the fact that you’re making an effort, and reward yourself for progress along the way.

● Think about a lifestyle change, not a one-time goal – If one of your new year’s resolutions is to lose weight or make another permanent change to your behavior or physical appearance, think about it as a holistic lifestyle change rather than a one-time goal. This means that the goal isn’t just to lose 20 lbs., but to improve your health and feel better for years to come. Changing your mindset can be a key part of accomplishing your goal.

Accomplishing Your New Year’s Resolution in a Way That’s Safe

If you’re trying to lose weight, our law firm cannot emphasize enough the importance of making sure you are doing so in a safe and healthy manner. Crash diets and supplements that promise that you will shed pounds are not a long-term solution; remember, you want to lose weight and keep it off. Not only is yo-yo dieting and losing-regaining-losing-regaining weight in itself bad for your health, but certain supplements and dietary pills can be dangerous as well. In fact, some ingredients in dietary supplements have been banned by the FDA due to dangerous side effects, such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Certain diets can be dangerous too, and you should always discuss a dietary plan or strategy with your doctor before beginning.

In general, most physicians agree that eating well (which means cutting out processed foods and sugar), exercising, and reducing stress are the best ways to improve your health and lose weight.

Your Rights If Harmed by a Dangerous Supplement

The desire to lose weight can be pressing, and some people turn to supplements that they believe to be safe to help them accomplish their goal. If you or a loved one have used a dietary or weight loss supplement that has led to harm, you may have a cause of action to pursue a product liability civil suit for damages against the supplement manufacturer. In some cases, you may also be able to bring forth a medical malpractice suit if your doctor advised you to do something dangerous and what other medical professionals would consider to be outside of the standard of care.

Contact Our Law Offices Today

At the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, our lawyers wish you a lot of luck and support in accomplishing your New Year’s resolutions. If you are harmed by a dangerous supplement, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for a free consultation.