Americans now spend between $33 and $55 billion annually on weight loss products and services. (1) The high dollar items include medical procedures, pharmaceuticals and weight loss centers. It is now estimated that 45 million Americans enroll in a weight loss program at weight loss center or a gym. (2) However; it has been quoted that 70 percent or more do not enroll in programs and try to lose weight on their own.

The vast majority of people attempting to lose weight fail to do so. There are a multitude of reasons why people fail. To best prepare for success, we must understand the mistakes that others commonly make. It’s not where you stand right now that matters; it’s where you are going. Let’s not buy into the myth that you can’t lose weight or that it has to be hard.

A Harvard University weight loss study states, “It is clear that health is significantly affected by mindset” (3) Weight loss plans require dedication and consistency not only physically but also mentally. Social obligations and temptations are two of the most common causes of inconsistency. Our social gatherings commonly include food and we usually overindulge ourselves during the Holiday season. It is very important to get friends and family members involved in a healthy living program as well. If you do it together, you will succeed.

Many times people expect miracles within days of starting a weight loss program. When you do not see a significant change it is common to get disappointed, lose hope and fall off track. The goal of any program is continuous daily improvements. The added weight did not appear overnight and will require time to improve. You can do it though!

You can get into the best shape of your life, regardless of your age. The secret to success is a proper mindset and a plan. Failure only happens if your desire to indulge in unhealthy habits exceeds your desire to lose weight and get in great shape. Rome is not built in a single day. We need to set realistic goals and a great plan of action to achieve success. It is very important to write it down and record the progress.

“Everyone has inside himself a piece of good news! The good news is that you really don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is!”
-Anne Frank

In 2012, the only thing that stands between a person and the results they want is the will to try it and the faith to believe it possible. This belief fuels enthusiasm and this enthusiasm explodes into passion. Have the perseverance to succeed. Perseverance is not a long race; it’s many short races, one after another. Have simple, clearly defined goals that will capture your imagination and inspire passion. We can never help another, without first helping ourselves.

Our goal in 2012 as an organization is to provide you with the very best resources for success. Success is not limited to weight loss, but also other life and health management techniques. The 5 essentials have the power to radically transform your life. This is your year of success. A New Year, a New You!

Let’s make 2012 the best year of your life. Let’s do it together!

I would like to ask a question. If you could help and improve the health of a friend, family member or business colleague, would you? Share this page with someone you love and care about. Let’s partner together to make an impact in this great nation.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to become a better resource for as many people possible in this world. I have placed additional free information on my website and strongly encourage you to email any questions, concerns, or future topics. Health should not be a secret. Share this!

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Author's Bio: 

Cory Couillard has owned two private practices and has been the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Brand Officer for the largest privately owned clinic in the United States. While doing missionary work in Africa he fell in love with serving the amazing people and had a vision to help transform how healthcare is being delivered. He worked as a doctor and clinical director of one of the largest clinics in the world. He is pioneering and reforming how healthcare and health insurance is being administered and delivered in Africa and worldwide. He is active in professional development, education, research and clinical case studies. Africa has been and continues to be an amazing venue to serve on the highest level and provide cutting edge health programs and development.

Cory is currently a professional healthcare writer for newspapers, magazines and other publications in over a dozen countries. He is also involved with the development of two international television health programs.