The holidays may be over, but they left you with a few extra pounds on the scale. Your New Year’s resolution of losing weight isn’t going to be easy; however a few simple and sensible decisions can help you slim down and feel better about your image in no time at all.
- If you love sugary drinks such as soda and fruit juices, hold off and only consume them on Saturdays and Sundays. Moderation is the key to success and elimination is the key to failure. Don’t totally cut yourself off; just choose a reasonable window of time when you are freely allowed to indulge so that you won’t overindulge and set you back even farther.
- Don’t buy weight loss pills. You might lose a few pounds, but it will come right back when you stop taking the pills. Diet pills can also be very dangerous combined with your regular prescriptions or over the counter medicines. Unfortunately, a magic pill for weight loss hasn’t been created yet; so don’t endanger your life over a few holiday pounds.
- Hesitate joining a gym. While you may really want and need to get more exercise, joining a gym can help your wallet lose more weight than your belly. Shop around and check with your local YMCA and town or city fitness programs. Joining a gym is an investment not only of your physical health, but also of your time and money. Shop wisely and be mindful of your level of commitment.
- When the sun goes down, put the spoon down. Late evening or night snacking is a major culprit for extra pounds creeping up on you. 7:00 pm is a good place to draw the line for evening consumption. From that time forward drink only water and if you get hungry enjoy a raw fruit or vegetable (minus the dips).
- Follow your success by charting your weight loss. You could either make a chart on poster board paper so that you have a visual, or just make an excel spreadsheet for more private tracking. Tracking your success gives you an accountability that may keep you more on track.
- This is a biggie: keep a food journal. When you have to write down everything you eat, you will think twice almost immediately. This option doesn’t cost you anything more than a notepad from the dollar store; but the constant knowledge of what you have already consumed in a day will make you think twice about your next snack or meal.
- Do not use the word diet. The changes in your health that you are trying to make should not be temporary. Adjusting your lifestyle to a more healthy way of living can and should change your life. Diet is a word with negative vibes; therefore don’t even allow it in your vocabulary, You are not dieting, you are making better choices!
Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions of weight loss! Just remember to always be wise and mindful with your healthier eating choices.