Losing weight is the top New Year’s resolution; however most people don’t make it past the first week. That’s because they are unprepared for what it takes and their motivation has subsided by the end of the first week. Regardless of what you want to achieve with your New Year’s resolution, there is no way you can achieve it unless you are prepared for it.
If losing weight is your goal for the New Year then you must go in prepared. This means determining exactly what your long and short term goals are. Make you sure you write these down and put them somewhere you can easily access and look at them. No matter how much weight you want to lose make several short term goals which will ultimately lead to your larger long term goal. Don’t overestimate yourself or your goals. Ideally men shouldn’t lose more than 2-3 pounds a week, and women should lose 1-2 pounds a week. Losing weight is a process, so don’t expect losing large amounts of weight easily. It will take determination and motivation, for which you may not always have throughout your process.
Nutrition & Exercise
To lose weight you will need to design a program that includes both nutrition and exercise. Although you are able to lose weight by either means, without them both you will not sustain your goals. Ultimately, losing weight means is sustained by burning more calories than you consume. Therefore by eating healthier options such as fruits and vegetables you will take in fewer calories but provide your body will nutrients that can sustain your body’s metabolism while working out. By exercising you will burn calories which in turn will build muscle and burn fat.
Clear out your kitchen to make room for your healthy eating options. This means get rid of sweets, processed foods, and anything containing added sugar. Unfortunately it is unreasonable to say there will not be times where you splurge and have something sweet or savory. But will be prepared that on these days you will have to either workout more or eat less to sustain addition calories. Prepare your meals a week in advance that way when you go shopping you can buy only what you need for your healthy meals. Chopping, cutting and pre-cooking your meals ahead of time will allow you to have your healthy meals ready for when it’s time to eat.
If you are new to exercise, start small and simple. Try to exercise at the same time everyday that way you build it into your routine. As your body becomes accustom to working out increase your time, distance, and resistance. Add in new moves to your workout to challenge new muscle groups and stimulate muscle growth. Try new exercises, workouts or sports to challenge your entire body.
Most people lose motivation rather quickly, when they don’t see results as quickly as they want, or they reach a plateau, or even if they think it’s too hard. That’s why it’s key to keep positive motivation close by. This can be a friend or someone in your family who works out with you, motivation quotes, sayings or photos to keep on your desk and in your home, or even objects that motivate you such as a piece of clothing in the size that you want to eventually fit into. It’s also good to keep a journal or chart to keep track of your progress to show yourself you are headed in the right direction. It’s important to motivate yourself as often as you need to so you won’t stray from your goals. Keeping a rigid schedule will help you to maintain your resolve to lose your weight this New Year.