Among all the New Years resolutions made year after year, weight loss goals reign high on the list for many people. But I don’t want you to think of weight loss as a resolution. Unfortunately a lot of the time resolutions end up broken, and let’s face it, even if we start strong in January, it’s not unlikely to see our goals fall to the wayside by spring. Think of these tips as lifestyle changes you can begin implementing into your routine to help you become the healthiest version of yourself throughout 2016 and beyond.

First up, your health is the most important thing. If you have an all-around happy and healthy year you are truly so lucky! Think about weight loss in terms of your overall health rather than a number on the scale to ensure you’re loosing weight for the right reasons. Then there are little lifestyle changes you can make to help you with that goal such as buying smaller plates so you don’t overeat, and keeping sweets and treats out of sight (don’t worry, you can still treat yourself from time to time!). And if you happen to mess up and stray from your goal, don’t sweat! Forgive yourself and move on.

Happy New Year everyone! Here are 7 awesome weight loss tips that you probably haven’t tried yet.

1. More health, less numbers

Think of your weight loss, fitness and diet goals in terms of your health rather than a number on the scale. Living a healthy lifestyle is the most important thing (much more important than your actual weight), so if you focus on your overall health it will motivate you to stay in shape and eat well.

2. Make a killer playlist

The music you listen to while working out can have a major impact on your motivation levels. Having an awesome playlist on your phone or iPod will make you amped to get your butt into gear. Upload your favourite songs, lace up your runners and get ready to work your hardest at the gym as you listen to those feel good tunes!

3. Keep treats out of the house

This may seem a little extreme, but it’s a great way to keep your weight loss goal under control. When you’re really craving a treat, take a trip to a local café or neighbourhood restaurant to get your fix. This way it will feel more like a reward; plus when you don’t have sweets right at your fingertips, you’ll be less likely to overeat.

4. Share your goals with someone

Sharing your goals with your friends, family, or even social network, will make you more accountable to sticking to them. Want to go to the gym 3 times per week? Find a friend who wants to go with you! Want to make healthy meals each night for dinner? Post them to your instagram feed to share with your followers. Your friends will support your goals, and you can support theirs too!

5. Stop drinking your calories

Drinks such as your morning latte, or even a glass of juice are packed with calories and sugar. Beverages are not as satisfying as meals, so it’s better to stick to water and get your calories from hearty, healthy food.

6. If you fall short, forgive yourself

We’re not going to lead our ideal healthy lives all the time and we have to be okay with that. With holidays, events and well, life, getting in the way sometimes, it’s typical that some weeks will be better and healthier than others. If you mess up, don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t let it make you feel bad, because guilt can lead to stress eating and drinking. Realize what your goal is, what you want to accomplish, and get back on track!

7. Purchase smaller plates

This is such a simple thing to do that makes a big difference. If you have little plates, you’re less likely to overeat because your portions will be smaller. We’ve grown accustomed to eating huge portions at restaurants, which has transitioned to the meals in our own homes. I know that I overeat a lot of the time and smaller plates would definitely do the trick to keep my portion sizes under control.

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If you're notorious for making New Year's resolutions to lose weight year after year, but have problems sticking to your goals, this collection of weight loss tips will inspire you. Rather than focusing on the obvious (calories in versus calories out), these tips will teach you how to make lifestyle changes to set you up for long-term success with your weight loss goals!

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Kate
Kate is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Toronto, Canada. She’s always had a passion for the written word, and after interning at publications such as FASHION Magazine and The Kit, she knew she had to take her passion to the next level. When she’s not sharing her love for styling outfits, home cooked meals, fitness endeavours and home décor, she’s probably taking a hot yoga class or watching the latest series on Netflix.

This is an excerpt from the article 7 New Year Weight Loss Tips You Probably Haven’t Tried which originally appeared on http://www.cloudywithachanceofwine.com/.