It’s that time of year again.
Time to set a New Years resolution, and promise yourself you will “stick to it this time”.
The number one new years resolution people set is to lose weight. The thing is people jump it too quickly. Paying way too much for a gym membership they will never use, cutting out their favorite foods, eating the wrong amount of calories, exercising but eating healthy…
Here are some tips on how you can keep your weight loss goals on track:
- Drink water! Keep a glass or bottle nearby at all times so you can sip all day. Drinking at least 8 cups will help curb your appetite, and help your digestive system. KINGSO water bottles are a fab choice, they keep your water cold for very long periods of time.
- Start slow. Don’t jump into an intense workout regimen if you aren’t used to it. Start with a 20 minute walk a day and add on more time, or add jogging into the mix.
- Don’t forget strength training. Again, you should start slow. Do some lunges, push ups, crunches, and a few other simple exercises a few times a week. You can get free weights for pretty cheap, these weights start at just $1.50!
- Eat more fruits and veggies. Snack on cut up veggies throughout the day, the fiber will fill you up. You should aim for at least 5 servings a day.
- Keep a food and fitness log. You can keep a book or journal or you can register on a site like Sparkpeople (it’s free!) and let them keep track for you. If a physical journal is more your style, a Fitbook is a great option!
- Eat breakfast. This is a small change that can make a big difference. If you can’t stomach a large breakfast have a piece of toast with peanut butter, or yogurt with berries, then have a bigger snack a couple hours later.
- Eat whole grains more often. Make the switch from white breads/pastas to whole wheat. It’s higher in fiber!
- Try new things, and not just healthier foods, but new workouts. Find one you love and stick with it.
- Write out your goals and how you plan to achieve them. Make sure they are realistic. Expecting to lose 10 pounds in a month is unrealistic.
- If you hit a bump in the road, just get back on track. Don’t beat yourself up, you are human and mistakes will happen!
- Get your friends and family involved. You are much more likely to stick with it if you are held accountable.
Looking for more tips on losing weight? Check out these posts:
- Key to a Successful Weight Loss Plan
- Lose weight with SMART goals.
- Using a pedometer to help with weight loss.
- Combining the mind and body for weight loss.
- Can hypnotism help weight loss?
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