With January almost coming to an end you maybe finding your New Year resolution to lose weight harder to stick to.
Of course, when you first began it was easy. You were able to resist those tasty food temptations, and have made an effort to go to the gym a few times a week.
Now though it has become harder and harder, so what can you do about it? Here are some ideas to help ensure you do not give up on your weight loss resolution.
#1: Make small, simple goals
If you had made the resolution to lose 20 pounds in the first month and have not reached that goal then there is little surprise that you are feeling disheartened and are considering quitting your efforts.
When you make plans you need to ensure that you are able to reach them.
Your goals should be achievable so that they motivate you to reach the next goal. Even if you only make a goal to lose 1-2 pounds a week, they will quickly mount up over time.
#2: Be honest with yourself
Although you have cut calories, have you really been as honest with yourself as you could be regarding your calorie intake.
Most of us will guess our consumption, which means that your calorie intake is not as accurate as it should be.
To lose weight you need to create a calorie deficit, which means you need to be burning more calories than you consume. Therefore it makes sense to be as accurate with your intake as possible.
This is why I suggest to you that you keep a food diary and write down everything you eat, you should also keep track of what you drink too. Remember they will also contain calories.
#3: How much sleep are you getting?
If you are not getting enough sleep, preferably more than 7 hours per night, then you could be putting your chances of reaching your weight loss goals in jeopardy.
A lack of sleep can effect the hormones that control your hunger. Plus can cause excess cortisol to be produced.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormones, and high levels of it can promote fat storage.
#4: Drink more water
There are various reasons why you should be drinking more water.
To start it contains zero calories so wont affect your daily intake. Secondly it has been shown that it can help to reduce your appetite, with a study that was published in TIME magazine stating that those who drank 16 ounces of water before a meal were more likely to lose weight.
Drinking water is also good for your overall health too, as it can help to flush out toxins from within your body.
The above tips may seem easy, and they are, but sometimes all you need are a few simple changes to make a big impact to your weight loss results.
If you want to lose weight and become healthier then you cannot give up on your weight loss resolution at the first sign of trouble. Stick with it, make the suggested changes and get back on track.