Weight loss is always one of the more popular New Year resolutions that people make, yet many fail to achieve their goal.
In fact many wont even make it past the first few weeks of January.
There is a reason for this, weight loss is hard, and if you are not motivated 100% then you are not going to be able to find the determination and resolve to succeed.
If you are truly motivated to losing weight this year then read on. The following tips will certainly go some way to helping you achieve your New Year weight loss goals.
#1: Get in the right mindset
If you have tried and failed to lose weight in the past then you may already have doubts that you can succeed this time.
These thoughts can be difficult to overcome, but for the sake of your efforts you must try to think positive.
Try a little positive thinking, instead of saying, “I am trying to lose weight”, change your thoughts to “I am going to lose weight”.
#2: Focus on health rather than dropping pounds
It can be easy to become infatuated with the numbers you see on the weighing scales, the truth is that health is most important.
If you are building muscle your weight may increase, but you will be slimmer.
#3: Set realistic goals
When you decide to lose weight you may imagine your final goal, but the truth is this maybe many months away.
You are not going to lose weight overnight so rather than setting yourself up for disappointment think about setting some realistic goals.
It is recommended that you only lose around 1-2 pounds per week. So anything more than that is likely to lead to disappointment.
#4: Track your progress
Not only is it a good idea to weigh yourself regularly, but you should also track your food intake and calories too.
When weighing yourself, once a week is often enough, just to check you are on the right track. Weighing too often can cause an unhealthy obsession with your weight.
As for your food intake, a food diary will help you to look back to see if any changes to your diet are necessary.
#5: Allow yourself the occasional treat
To ensure your diet does not become too boring I would recommend that you allow yourself the occasional treat.
Now this does not mean every day. And certainly if you are going to overindulge then this will only result in weight gain.
#6: Watch those empty calories
Empty calories are those foods and drinks that don’t offer any nutritional value.
Soft drinks are a good example as they are full of calories. Simply cutting these from your diet can make a huge difference to the numbers you see on the scales.
Junk food should also be kept to a minimum too, it is quickly digested and will only lead to further cravings.
Instead fresh foods like fruits and vegetables should be eaten, as well as fibre, lean protein and good fats.
#7: Be as active as possible
While you need to burn off 3,500 calories to lose a pound in weight, the health benefits of regular exercise cannot be underestimated.
I would recommend that you try to get 30 minutes of exercise daily. Even if it is just a short walk, it has got to be better than sitting on your bum watching TV.
#8: Find a gym buddy
Working out with a friend is a good way to keep you accountable. You can also motivate each other too.
If you cannot find someone to workout with then I would recommend making a workout plan.
Write a plan of what you are going to do and try to stick to it for at least 30 days. You can then write another to keep your body guessing what workout is coming next.
Changing your workouts now and then will ensure they do not become stale.
#9: Don’t beat yourself up
We all make mistakes, but you must not let it affect your progress.
So what if you had a cheat meal, or skipped a day at the gym? There are bigger things in the World to worry about.
Simply move on and get back on track. Moping about and feeling sorry for yourself will not help.