Staying on the Health Track and Off the Couch

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RENO, Nev. -- After the first few weeks of January, the novelty of your New Year's resolutions to stay healthy might start to wear off, but there are ways to help you stay on track throughout the year.

It is common for New Year's resolutioners to lose stamina after the first week, but the trick is be realistic and to set small goals along the way to the long term goal.

"We encourage people to be specific about the number of pounds they want to lose and over what time period. Then we talk about if it's realistic and how we can get there," Dr. Kent Sasse, Renown Health Medical director said.

It's a mind game that you have to stay active in order to win, being physically active is just half the battle.

"Dig a little deeper and ask yourself why you're doing this. Those are the underlying things that really motivate us," Dr. Sasse said. "You know, I want to lose that weight so I can ask for that job promotion without being self-conscious."

Dr. Sasse recommends the following as the best way to stay on track this year:

1. Verbalize your goal and write them down. Tell your friends and family to build a support system to keep you motivated every day.

2. Cut out carbohydrates and sugars. They make you hungrier faster.

3. Take a concrete step toward meeting your goals, like signing up for classes or enrolling in a gym.

If you can't afford a gym membership, a dietitian or a nutritionist, something as inexpensive as walking for an hour can still make a difference.

"60 minutes is a lot of time, but [patients] do it every day sustainably for a long period of time and that's one of the big things the distinguishes them from the people who work really hard for a short time, but fall off the wagon and regain that weight," Dr. Sasse said.

Roy Hill is one of Dr. Sasse's patients. He went through gastric bypass surgery, but walks five to seven miles every day to keep the weight off four years later.

"As soon as I started losing weight in the very beginning, I was very tired. Then, I started to gain all the energy back and then it's like, 'here we go!' I just can't sit, I just go. I'm always on the move," Hill said.

Roy is now 120 lighters and diabetes free.