If you are like others, you have certainly made a strong New Year’s resolution to shed all those extra pounds of flab which bother you so much. This time you have promised yourself that you would really show off your new-found slim body much before the Valentine’s Day! However, January is almost about to end and your body shows no signs of getting slimmer or lighter. Is the problem is with your diet, or something else? If you are confused and don’t know the answers to these questions, this article is for you!
Making and breaking New Year’s loss resolutions is nothing extraordinary; in fact I have done that many times myself and finally came to the conclusion that resolutions can do little if you are not willing to get started on the job! Yes, you should treat loss with the same dedication with which you perform at your office!
Weight loss is not about starving for a few days, or following one fad diet for a couple of weeks and then hopping on to something more attractive! Weight loss can be achieved only when you make a long term commitment to follow a healthier lifestyle!
Believe it or not, the first few days of your loss journey would probably be toughest, as you simply don’t know whether you would be successful or not or if it is the right time to start losing weight, etc. Once you push yourself hard and sail smoothly through these first few days, you would be on a roll, burning fat and losing non-stop!
What I am offering in this article is solid, practical advice which works for any individual; what I won’t offer is suggestion for loss fads, since they have neither worked for me nor anyone else I know about!
1. Drive procrastination away by setting a realistic goal: The only thing that is keeping you from starting the loss journey is lack of a proper goal and target. You primary task should be to set a loss goal, and more importantly, the goal needs to be realistic!
Instead of wishing for a body like Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston, you could set a much more meaningful and achievable goal of losing “1two pounds by the end of March”. Assuming that you would be shedding two pounds of per week on an average, that timeframe is more than enough for you to become as slim as you wish!
2. Fix your bad food habits: Controlling your portions is surely important, but even more important than that is to discard all the unhealthy, junk foods from your daily meals and import healthy foods in their place! To give you an example, try to have a glass of fruit juice instead of chocolates or cookies; this would satiate your sugar cravings but without making you any fatter!
Similarly, grilled chicken meat is healthier than its fried version. Also, instead of gulping down on dozens of soda cans, try to drink eight glasses of water per day!
3. Leave the couch: I know it sounds harsh but the couch is the biggest stumbling block in your way of successful loss and as such, you need to start hating it right away! Leading an active lifestyle would not only help you lose faster but also make you more energetic!
If your local club sponsors outdoor sports, make sure you participate in them. If the club comes with a swimming pool as well, then that is an added advantage. Whether you play tennis or swim, you would be burning fat and losing either way! Dancing is also not a bad idea-how about joining a dance school?