10 Easy Ways To Keep Your Weight Loss New Year Resolution!

new-years-resolutionsNearly every single person I know makes some kind of New Year’s resolution at this time of year. The problem with making New Year’s resolutions is that they rarely come to fruition. Usually by the time February rolls around you’ve broken it at least twenty or thirty times. If you’ve decided to make a resolution this year to really gear up with your weight loss plan, you’ll have a much easier time maintaining it if you follow some of these tips.

  1. Make a realistic resolution
    • Whatever you do, don’t set yourself up for failure. The best and surest way to not do that is to make a resolution that is both realistic and attainable. This means that if you resolve that you WILL get into that size 12 you’ve been dreaming of in the next three weeks and you’re currently wearing a size 18, there’s not much chance of your attaining that goal and that will only make you feel worse and probably want to eat even more! So, instead you might want to make a resolution to go to the gym two times per week instead of your current zero times per week.
  2. Plan Ahead
    • Spend some time thinking about what your goals are and coming up with a few resolutions based on those goals. Try to avoid making a spur of the moment resolution because something like that will simply be based on what is current in your mind at the time you make it.
  3. Figure out how to implement your plan
    • new-year-resolution-lose-weightBy this I mean spend some time figuring out how you will deal with the inevitable temptations that will come your way on a daily basis and threaten to upset your plans and goals. One of the things you might set up is having a friend you can call and talk to when you just can’t put the temptation out of your mind.
  4. Make a list of “pros” versus “cons”
    • Sometimes just writing something down on paper gives you an easy way to make a real-time comparison. If you develop your list over a period of time and keep it with you, you will be able to bolster yourself up when your self-esteem is running low or you’re being tempted by that extra cupcake.
  5. Tell your friends about it
    • A sure-fire way to not stick to your resolution is to keep it to yourself. If you tell your friends what your goal is, you will have a built-in support network. If you can find a friend to help you on your path specifically, you will be all the much more better off. So, if your goal is to cook a week’s worth of healthy meals for yourself every Sunday, invite a few friends over to share the activity with you. Time will go much more quickly and you’ll have a freezer full at the end of the afternoon.
  6. Don’t forget to reward yourself
    • When I say “reward yourself” I don’t mean with a gigantic box of chocolates. That won’t help at all if you’re trying to lose weight, now will it? Figure out some nice treats that you can use to acknowledge when you’ve reached certain goals. So, once you’ve lost say 10 pounds, head off for a  manicure. Once you’ve lost 15 pounds, go and get a snazzy new hair cut.
  7. Make sure you keep track of your progress
    • new-year-resolution-lose-weightEvery time you’ve reached a goal, no matter how small, write it down somewhere. In a journal or in an online food diary or just send it to yourself in a congratulatory email. You can do something like every time you lose just five pounds. That way you won’t have to wait until you’ve lost ALL 30 pounds.
  8. Give yourself a break if you slip up a bit
    • Don’t obsess over things if you occasionally slip up and give in and have that piece of cheesecake after lunch. No one is perfect and neither are you. Try to not beat yourself up if you feel like you’ve gone off the rails a little bit. Take things one day at a time and cut yourself some slack if you have a bad day. You’d do that for your best friend, why not for yourself as well?
  9. Stick with it
    • Did you know that it takes about 21 days to turn a new activity into a new habit? Then it takes an additional 6 months for that new habit to become ingrained as part of your personality. You won’t reach your goal in just a month or two. Be persistent and don’t give up and it will happen.
  10. Keep going
    • If you find that by the time the middle of February rolls around that you just don’t have any more juice to keep going, then take a short break and come back to it. Make a new commitment to give it another 24 hours, then another 24 hours, then another 24 hours. Those days will turn into a week and that will turn into a month and before you know it you will have reached your goal.

5 Ways To Lose Fat Without Even Trying!

Everyone knows that the best way to lose weight is to exercise and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. But are there other things you can do which will help you lose fat without even trying? Of course there are! Here are just a sampling of some of these easy to follow ideas. These tips will not be a replacement for your workouts. No, there really isn’t any way to get around that unfortunately. But these are things which you can incorporate into your daily routine and which will help you lose some extra fat without even being aware you’re doing it!

  1. Make sure you have an extra large serving of veggies at each meal
    • veggiesIf you hate canned or veggies that have been over-sauced in the kitchen try some fresh seasonal veggies instead. By far the best (and easiest) way to cook fresh veggies is to use a steamer. These wonderful contraptions can be found in any Asian store. They are inexpensive and so easy to use. After just using yours for a week you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! You will soon come to enjoy the taste of fresh vegetables and find that you can’t live without them. There are so many different fresh vegetables to choose from, it almost senseless to try and list them all here. But fresh cauliflower and fresh broccoli are the best to prepare in a steamer. It allows them to keep their crispness and taste. The goal, once you’ve found a few that you like, is to fill about two-thirds of your plate with vegetables at every meal. The fiber in them will help fill you up and the vitamins will help keep you healthy.
  2. high-protein-egg-breakfastConsume 30 grams of protein at breakfast every day
    • Protein will keep you full throughout the day. Eating protein at breakfast is the best way to start off your day. In fact, I eat ¾ of a cup of Greek yogurt with a mashed banana and some raw honey for breakfast every single day. Because protein is more difficult for your body to process than carbohydrates, your metabolism will be ramped up if you have some protein for breakfast every day. If you eat your 30 grams of protein within just 30 minutes of getting out of bed, you will speed up your fat loss. It will also help you stay fuller for a longer period of time. Not into Greek yogurt? You can have five egg whites whipped up into an omelette with a little cheese or just one cup of cottage cheese will do the trick.
  3. Start eating at home as often as you can
    • When you cook your own food you are in control of everything: the ingredients, the sodium content, the fat. Eating more meals at home is one of the easiest ways to lose weight without trying. Restaurant food, especially fast food, is notorious for being high in fat, especially trans-fats which are so bad for you. They are also often filled with lots of hidden calories in everything from the type of fats they’re cooked in to the type of olive oil that is placed on the table. You are much less likely to fill up on things like french fries or sweet coleslaw if you’re making it yourself at home. Don’t have a clue as to what to make? Check out the Internet. There are literally thousands of low calorie  websites which offer loads and loads of fast, easy, inexpensive and delicious low calorie recipes.
  4. Stay away from nonfat food
    • Years ago there was a drastic move in the food industry to “non-fat” foods. So many people were afraid on saturated fats that food manufacturers began to remove some of the fats from their foods. What most people don’t realize, though, is that when they did this they swapped out the fats for sugar.
    • Most people think that if they are eating something with fat in it that it will make them fat. Really, it depends on the kind fat you are eating. There are healthy fats which every person should consume: like olive oil and avocado or the type of fats found in certain kinds of nuts like walnuts and/or almonds. Steering yourself away from “non-fat”items can actually save you a ton of calories.
  5. Let yourself indulge on a treat every now and then
    • One of the thing that will destroy a person’s ability to lose weight faster than just about anything is depriving themselves of all those wonderful treats they love to eat. Me? I love potato chips. I still have potato chips. About once a week. How many do I have? Not as many as I’d like, that’s for sure. But I say all food in moderation. Just be mindful of the size of the portion you’re allowing yourself to indulge on. If you allow yourself to have a treat every now and then I guarantee you will not feel like you’re being deprived. So, when you DO have a special treat you will be able to control how much you have. You will not have to eat half of the chocolate cake if you had a small piece the other night.

If you are generally eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, then allowing yourself a small treat every now and then will not harm you. It’s what you eat on a day in, day out basis that makes the real difference.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and there is no denying that eating is a social activity. No matter how determined you are to lose weight, you will always have to eat something. It is far better to learn how to eat and how to control your portion sizes. That way you can enjoy your food.