The New Year is here and with that comes the resolutions to lose weight. Perhaps you've reached that crucial point in your life where you want to make some serious long-lasting changes for your health.
First, hats off to you. Whether you think so or not, it takes a lot within to ponder change. Change is hard for most people because it requires stepping out of a comfort zone. Change requires work for things to improve, and work takes action.
I provide the foundation with 10 New Years resolutions for weight loss. By adhering to these resolutions, you will be on your way to losing weight fast and effectively.
Stick to your Resolutions
This first resolution is dearly important. If you don't stick to your resolutions, then what is the point of making a list of them to follow? Precious time is wasted by saying you will do a set of resolutions rather than actually doing them. Talk is cheap, so constantly tell yourself this year that you will walk the walk (literally and figuratively) and fulfill this years set resolutions. If you ever lose motivation, just remember why you set resolutions in the first place.
Be Realistic with Yourself
Many people who set weight loss resolutions are unrealistic with their goals which is why majority never follow all the way through with them. When creating a resolution, determine what you can and cannot do. You make these determinations based on your current diet and exercise regime.
If you are sedentary and never eat healthy, it may be the wiser choice to lose weight over a longer period of time. On the other hand, if you are somewhat physically active and eat healthy here and there, then you should be capable to melt those unwanted pounds in a shorter period of time. It all boils down to what you can handle. Don't tackle goals you know you cannot handle.
Take Baby Steps
Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weight loss. Instead of totally revamping your diet and exercise regime, start by taking out the bad habits and slowly add in the good. For example, say that you eat at fast food restaurants 3 days a week. Begin by removing this habit from your life in a set amount of time, then proceed by taking out the next bad habit, like drinking sugary soda or eating potato chips.
Here's another example, this time with fitness. If exercise was not a routine before making a list of new year resolutions, then don't make it a high priority. Instead, start by taking short walks before dinner then progress to more intense workouts. You'll find that taking baby steps with weight loss will indeed prove to be successful and long lasting.
Make Exercise Fun, not Boring
When you make exercise enjoyable, its like you're not exercising at all. Ways to make exercise fun can include listening to music, making each workout different, or tagging along a workout buddy for motivation. Exercise undeniably will still be arduous work, but by making it dynamic and interesting, you will adhere to your fitness goals.
Drink More Water Even if you Hate it
To sustain life on earth, you need water. There's no debating that. Water is crucial when it comes to losing weight especially when the water is ice cold. Drinking more water will allow your body to release excess water weight which will result in a weight loss. As strange as that sounds, its true. If you don't consume enough water, your body will act as a sponge trying to hold in as much water as possible to sustain living. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water in addition to the other beverages you consume in a day. Its only for your benefit.
Don't Weigh Yourself
Stepping on the scale can be discouraging if indicates a weight gain which may cause you to give up on your resolutions. The number on the scale is not always true. Perhaps you just drank a half gallon of water or consumed a dinner that weighed over a pound. Maybe you gained some muscle which weighs more than fat.
Your clothes will be the best indicator of weight loss. If you begin to feel a snug in your clothes, odds are that you lost weight. If you cant wear your pants because they keep falling off, you know major weight was lost. Understand that the number on the scale does not matter. 200 pounds for one person who's 61 is often times different for another person with the same weight and height for a variety of reasons.
Don't Starve Yourself
When you become hungry, eat an apple or anything low in calories, at best. Starving yourself will only open a Pandora's box. How? Your body will go into starvation mode or you may abruptly binge on the wrong foods in an attempt to curb the relentless hunger.
Ever heard of the cliche Believe in yourself? This is what you need to do. Tell yourself that the weight is going to come off and don't doubt it for a second. Doubting yourself wont help you anyway because by doing that, time is spent contemplating failure. Contemplate success instead. Remain certain that you will stick to your diet and exercise plan and favorable results will ensue.
Look at the Big Picture, Literally
Look in the mirror both front and sideways and note what you don't like. What you see in the mirror is the big picture. Is it the double-chin, the gut, the jiggly arms, the thunder thighs or are you disgusted with it all? Be honest with yourself.
Singularly note each feature of your body that you want to change. By doing this, you go beyond saying that you're just overweight and acknowledge all parts that you're disgusted with. Fessing up to each of your imperfections will motivate you to fix them all. You will have more reasons to stick to your resolutions.
Accept that you Might Make Mistakes
Miley Cyrus couldn't say it any better Nobody's Perfect. Life gets in the way. Juicy hamburger ads randomly appear making it impossible to resist. Don't let one downfall be the demise of your weight loss plan. If you fall down, get up, brush yourself off, and get back on the weight loss wagon.
Who knows? Tackling something difficult like weight loss may inspire you to make more positive changes in your life this year. Make this year your year and let nothing impede in your way to losing weight!
Written by James Furlan
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