While "enjoy life to the fullest" might be the most popularNew Year's resolution for 2017, "live a healthier lifestyle" and "lose weight" were in second and third place, respectively, according to a survey by Go Banking Rates. You even might have found yourself making similar resolutions to become healthier in the new year.

However, it can be difficult to stick to these good intentions throughout the year. Unfortunately, you may also unwittingly be making your goals harder to achieve. Here are some obstacles you might be creating for yourself:

1. Sudden changes

When people try to live a healthier life, they often implement drastic changes all at once. In the past, you may have tried severely restrictive diets or intense workouts to achieve your weight-loss goals. Immediately jumping into these plans, however, can shock your body and make it more difficult to continue. For example, if you run two miles without working up to the distance, you'll most likely be sore for the next couple of days. These aches can act as a deterrent to exercising. The same can be said for cutting your favorite foods out of your diet - you'll only crave them more.

Instead of quickly overhauling your exercise and meal routines, gradually adjust your habits. Slow modifications will give your body and mind time to adapt to your healthier practices, so you'll be more likely to continue your efforts.

A young woman in running gear holding her ankle. Working out too hard too fast can cause injury.

2. Not eating enough

Yes, too little food can actually hinder your weight-loss goals. If you severely restrict eating, your hunger can overpower control - this usually results in binge eating. In addition, your body goes into fat storing mode because it feels like it's starving. In this state, you won't burn as much energy so you won't slim down as quickly as you could otherwise. Whatever weight-loss program you decide to use in the new year, make sure it's one that has you eating enough food each day to remain satiated and energized. 

3. Lack of hydration

People often focus a lot on the food they eat when trying to lose weight, but hydration is just as important. It's easy to mistake thirst for hunger, so get yourself a water bottle to carry with you throughout the day. You should also monitor the types of fluids you're drinking. For example, only consuming soda will slow your weight-loss progress. Cutting back on the sugary beverages and filling up on plain water instead will keep your body hydrated without the extra calories.

4. Unbalanced meals

Dieting has a lot of flaws, and unbalanced meals is often one of them. Your weight-loss program should teach you how to make healthy meals that balance the right amount of protein and fast and slow carbs like the Food Lovers Fat Loss System does. Learning how to lose weight while still eating your favorite foods and snacks is just the lifestyle change you need to succeed at your New Year's weight-loss resolution.

A table full of different types of protein.Eating too much of just one food group - like protein - will not help you keep off weight in the long run.

5. Sleep loss

Everyone knows sleep is important, but did you know too little can contribute to weight gain? According to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, sleep deprivation reduces levels of leptin and elevates ghrelin in the body. Leptin is the hormone that suppresses appetite, while ghrelin makes you want to eat. This change can make you want to eat more throughout the day when you're running on only a few hours of sleep. The lack of rest and the accompanying hormone fluctuation may contribute to obesity issues. 

6. Forgoing exercise

It's not impossible to lose weight when you're not exercising, but adding a simple workout routine to your program can really help speed up the process. Seeing quicker results will give you more motivation to continue your weight-loss efforts, so try to work in at least 30 minutes of activity every day. It's also important that you don't try to use the calories you burn as an opportunity to eat unhealthy foods - they don't counteract each other. If you feel the urge to snack after a workout, make sure the treat fits into your fat-loss meal plan.