The holidays are fast approaching, and many people are looking for ways to become healthier in the New Year. However, to become healthy in a safe and efficient manner, you must start with one essential thing: a goal. Diet pills, weight-loss drinks, and “quick-fix” diets are trending and may offer you quick results. However, when it comes to your health, it is best to have a plan of action that will help you safely achieve your health goal, and maintain long-lasting results.
To give you a personal example of goal-setting, in February 2012, I visited my primary care physician for a routine physical, and expressed to her my concern about losing the weight I had gained since becoming a full-time doctoral student. My hectic schedule was impacting my ability to be consistent with a diet and exercise regimen; therefore, I gained weight.