In the News: Want to get your New Year's resolution to stick? Here's the (not so secret) secret

I love this time of year. This is the time when people take a look in the mirror and decide to make a change. New year, new me. I love the hope and optimism it represents. We resolve to make changes to better ourselves. Make more money, get a better job, go back to school, tackle that home project, call our mothers more, but most of us focus on one thing: losing weight.

This makes sense. Americans are not as thin as we should be. In fact, 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese (the numbers are higher in Alabama). Losing weight is important for many reasons. We feel better about our self-image when we lose weight. We also feel more confident because, hey, we are actually achieving a tough thing. But it is also really critical for our health. Excess weight is a precursor to diabetes, osteoarthritis, back pain and heart disease. And the stigma associated with being overweight or obese can cause low-grade depression. Basically, being overweight makes life shorter and poorer.
 
But it is hard to lose weight, right? If it were as easy to lose weight as it is to order a pizza, everyone would do it. But it is not, which is why on average we gain about 1.5 pounds of fat per year starting around age 25. Do that for 20 years and you are packing 30 extra pounds by 45 years old.

It is hard for good reason. First, it takes motivation. Second, it takes a plan. And third, it takes perseverance. Last I checked, all of these things were not on the "easy" list (nor can you order them from Amazon).

So this year, let me tell you a secret to making that weight loss resolution stick. [Read more here]