Many people make a weight loss resolution at New Years. The percentage that are successful, however, can be disheartening and this is caused by lack of forethought and planning.
Sometimes peer pressure can be a positive force in losing weight. If you are setting off on a new diet, let your friends know what you are doing. Ask people to check up on you to see how you are doing. Having to be accountable to others can help you avoid those habits you know you should be avoiding.
When you are trying to lose weight, it is really helpful to have a weight loss buddy. Having someone you know and trust, to share your successes and challenges with, makes the path to getting fit much easier. Find someone who shares the same goal of getting healthy and touch base with him or her regularly. so that you both can compare notes and encourage each other.
Sneak in your much needed exercise. By sneaking in little exercises here and there, you will burn additional calories without the effort of an extra workout. For example, do calf raises or squats for two minutes while you brush your teeth or do crunches and push-ups during commercial breaks of your favorite TV show.
To help you lose weight and make healthy food choices, get rid of the unhealthy choices in your life. Go ahead and throw away those junk foods that are likely to sabotage your plan. This way, they aren’t sitting there tempting you all the time and you can choose the healthier foods you bought to replace them.
To help you lose weight, it is important that you take in the right amount of calories each day. Starvation diets might have quick initial results but can really do long-term harm. When you do not eat foods, your metabolism will decline. Such dieting also leads you to binge and gain any weight lost.
You may be tempted, when trying to lose weight, to cut fat out entirely. But it’s important to remember that fat has a high satiety value in foods, so a little will go a long way. Case in point: baked potato chips may have no fat, but because of that, they don’t trigger your satiety level as quickly as regular or even the “fat-free” Olestra chips do. So, you’re tempted to eat the whole bag. Better, for example, to eat a small amount of high-quality, high-fat food – let’s say, a small high-end dark chocolate bar – then to gorge on large quantities of low- or non-fat foods. You’ll be more satisfied without having to say “No” to treats.
For some people, at some times, a low-carb diet may really be the answer, at least in the beginning. The reason low-carb diets work is that your body normally uses carbs as a first fuel. When you give your body no carbs (the “induction” phase of most low-carb diets), your body needs to use something for fuel, and so turns to burning your own fat. These diets have proven very successful for many people, but should be undertaken with care as people do need some carbs in their diet. Most low-carb diets nowadays move from an induction phase into a much healthier maintenance phase, where “smart carbs” (high-fiber, lower-calorie choices) are reintroduced.
If you want to lose weight, this is the place to be! You should now have a pretty good idea of what it takes and what will work for you. Here’s to a new year and a new you!