The 5 R's of Resolutions

Dr. Shawn Talbott

(KUTV) Salt Lake City - Don't give up on your New Year's Resolution just yet. Dr. Shawn Talbott, a nutritional biochemist who researches how to help people feel, look, and perform their best, appeared on Fresh Living to share the 5 R's of Resolutions.

Dr. Talbott writes:

"Last Wednesday (January 17, 2018) was the annual "Ditch New Year's Resolution Day" - where people are encouraged to just forget about any of their promises to get healthier - or lose weight - or improve, start doing, or stop doing anything in 2018. The rationale behind Resolution Quit Day is simple - lots of people who make New Year's resolutions will break them or give up on them before the end of January (some estimates say 80%).

Today on Fresh Living, we're talking about how you can strengthen your resolve (or get back to your new habits if you've already quite) - with a PLAN. One reason for the high quit rate is that people are lacking in either motivation or confidence. When we assess "Readiness to change" (the first R) - we want people to rate themselves at least a "6" (on a scale of 1-10) for both motivation (the change is important enough to you) and confidence (that you have the skills/knowledge to achieve it). If your score is lower than 6, then you probably need to scale back your aspirations (such as lose 10lbs instead of lose 50lbs). If you're Ready with sufficient motivation and confidence, then you need to identify the next three Rs: Reminder - a trigger that initiates the behavior (that you want to change) Routine - the practice of the behavior Reward - the benefit you're getting from the behavior. The general rule applies to other more complex behavior changes. Break the habit down into it's 3-part cycle (three Rs - Reminder, Routine, and Reward), make sure that you're Ready to change the cycle, and then Replace the old behavior(s) with new behavior(s)."

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