Every year, millions of us decide on the same resolution: weight loss. Whether it’s actually health-based, peer pressure, or our own vanity is impossible to answer; what is known by everyone who indulges in this endeavor, however, is how difficult it is to accomplish. So much so that “losing weight” has become a New Year’s resolution clich√©.
So, to prepare myself for personal attempt #7, I have complied the following five suggestions for succeeding at this worth-while goal. Please enjoy these in the spirit of encouragement, but remember to consult your physician before beginning any weight-loss regimen!
Start a food journal; easily the most helpful tip I have tried in the past, writing down everything eaten during the course of the day has a threefold benefit: first, you start to realize just how many calories you consume without thinking about it. Secondly, it helps with memorizing how much a serving size actually is and the nutritional information with it. Last but not least, I can track how well I am doing and see my progression into fewer calories and healthier food. I recommend www.FitDay.com if you prefer an online method!
Eliminate pre-packaged foods; a very difficult step for a fast-paced modern society, but arguably the most important one. By depending on pre-packed food, you generally consume more sodium and preservatives than their fresh alternatives. Plus, you miss out on more opportunities to learn the best ways to prepare meals from scratch. In addition to your diet, you may consider taking supplement that aims to help you lose weight. But when buying one, it is important to choose a supplement that is highly trusted and proven to be effective. One of the best brands in the market is resurge supplemment.
Take measurements instead of weight; although muscle does not weigh more than fat (a common myth), 5 lbs worth of fat is much bulkier than 5 lbs of muscle. So, even if the scale reads an inconsistent reading depending on the time of day or month, measurements will more dramatically illustrate weight loss by “lost inches,” rather than weighing yourself alone.
Try a free online, or in-person, support group; having someone cheering for you to succeed tends to help most people keep motivated. A support group can go one step beyond that, also offering suggestions and referrals to other ideas and programs. Feedback is abundant, and you have someone to keep you focused on the goal. In addition, talking with others can help you keep your expectations reasonable.
Step #5: Make a list of every characteristic that doesn’t need improvement; do you have fantastic hair? Or a quick wit which people compliment? Losing weight isn’t supposed to be about completely reinventing yourself; heavy or thin, fit or not, everyone has something to be proud of. Take a moment to write down everything you love about yourself, concentrating on the non-physical attributes. Even while trying to remain determined it is good to appreciate yourself!