It’s time to ring in a new year. In the upcoming weeks, gyms will be packed because weight loss new year’s resolutions are always popular. For some reason, people think the new year is a great time to shed the unwanted weight, and work toward a better self for the upcoming year. For most people, it fades fast.
Why is it that so many people make this resolution, only to let it slip away the first chance they get? Why is it that people hit the gyms hard for a few weeks after the new year, only to let that go too? Is losing weight a resolution you can feel good about dumping? Is it easy to say “next year” when it comes to losing weight and getting fit?
Check out these 3 tips below to help you stay on track, so you can achieve your weight loss new year’s resolutions goal this time around.
- Set Goals – Have a number in mind. Have a certain pair of jeans in mind that you really want to fit into again. Always set goals, but remember to make them realistic. Setting unrealistic goals could cause you to think you have failed, when in reality you haven’t.
- Don’t Expect Quick Results – As much as we all want to lose it fast, with that Staples Easy Button, it is not realistic. Healthy weight loss takes time and commitment. If you make the effort to lose weight, and expect great results right away you will only set yourself up for disappointment, and most likely get discouraged and quit. Losing weight and getting fit is a lifestyle choice. You might struggle with it, and it will take time just to develop healthy habits, so be prepared for a battle. Get your mindset straight and consider it a grudge match between you and your body that you are prepared to do anything to win. Having this mindset alone will get you off and running. In a nutshell, just don’t expect immediate results.
- Don’t Fall For Fads – There is no easy way. Don’t think that some pill, wrap, or drink alone can help you lose weight ins a healthy manner, it’s just not true. While there are some products out there that can aid your weight loss efforts along side a balanced diet and regular exercise, pills, wraps, and drinks alone are not the answer. The age old adage says, if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. Just keep that in mind, and don’t expect these products to do all the work for you. In the end, the lifestyle you live will reflect the body you have.
- Ditch the Scale – Focus on losing inches, not necessarily weight. It is possible to gain weight while getting fitter, so don’t let the scale alone dictate whether or not you have had success. You will know how those jeans are fitting. You will know how your shirts are feeling around your tummy, and you don’t need a scale to chime in. It is entirely possible for you to gain muscle, lose inches, and end up gaining a few pounds. This is not a bad thing, so don’t rely on the scale to tell you how you are doing, and if you do DEFINITELY don’t make a point to check it every day. Check it weekly, at the same time of the same day every week. Don’t become addicted to checking it, because it will only lead to bad things. If you work your butt off, and see you added a few pounds you could become discouraged, and slack for a few days. That makes it easier to slack for a few more, and once that happens you run the risk of giving up.
- Acknowledge the Benefits – Think about the lifelong health benefits you can enjoy by becoming a healthier weight and becoming more fit. Think about the lifestyle change this will allow you to enjoy. Activities you may not have been able to take part in because of your weight are now attainable. If you are a parent like me, getting on the floor and rolling around all crazy style with the kids, and having the energy to do it! Maybe it’s a sport you gave up because it became to hard to play at a higher weight. Every day rejoice in the benefits a healthier lifestyle will provide you with, and never let that go out of sight.
It can be hard to stay motivated while losing weight. We often set sail, and give up right before the big changes happen, and this does not only pertain to weight loss. No matter what you are doing in your life, getting over the biggest hurdles will lead you to the place you want to be. You have to stay strong, and remain focused to do it, and it comes down to a choice you make.