So this is the year you are going to achieve your weight loss goals, right? We have confidence that this is going to be your year, too! But it takes real dedication and a resolute game plan to ensure that your weight loss resolution comes to fruition this year. Here are 7 weight loss tips that outlines key activities that will help you achieve your overall diet and weight loss goals, as well as reinforce healthy behaviors that you can use for the rest of your life.
- Set a starting date: it is all too easy to say – “sure, I’ll get going pretty soon… Maybe next week… Or after Valentine’s Day…” Pick a day on the calendar and make that you’re starting off point. Let others know about it, place it on the fridge, and stick to that start date.
- Jot down your goals: weight loss, dieting, and improving overall fitness is great, but you have to have a goal and a weight-loss plan to work from. Whether you are focusing on your target body weight, specific bodily measurements that you’d like to achieve, or certain fitness milestones that have been elusive, you need to have a crystal-clear idea of what your goal looks like.
- Clean the house: no, this doesn’t mean breaking out the vacuum cleaner or going to town on your shower stall, rather, clean your house of temptations that can easily derail any diet plan. Grab a box and fill it with sealed snack foods like cookies, chips, cakes, crackers, and any other foods that can affect your weight loss goals food to a local food bank or shelter and it certainly won’t go to waste.
- Track your results: whether you enjoy putting pencil to paper, or you want to utilize one of the popular apps that are on the market today, the important part is keeping track of your food intake, your exercise, water consumption, and weight and measurements. When it comes to weight loss – what gets tracked gets done. Many apps today allow you to share your successes and milestones with others who use the same app. This helps build a sense of community and accountability during your diet and exercise program.
- Take pictures: taking photos of yourself once per week during your diet and exercise program will help you stay motivated throughout the process. This is a fun process to share with others, and something to be truly proud of – so break out the camera or smart phone and take photos of yourself in the same position each week to ensure continuity.
- Involve family and friends: losing weight, eating healthier, and improving your overall fitness level is made that much easier when others are involved in your journey. Ideally, work with one or two other individuals who are in a similar situation – those who are looking to lose weight and get fit. You can exercise together, hold each other accountable when it comes to meal planning and goal setting, and celebrate together when major milestones are achieved.
- Don’t forget to hydrate: the old adage of eight glasses of water per day might be too little or too much – all depending on the individual, their fitness and weight loss goals, and their overall environment. While one can drink too much water in a day (it has to be quite a lot to overdo it, but some individuals have actually gotten truly ill from drinking too much water), you will want to work with your dietitian or fitness counselor to determine an appropriate water intake for your needs. 8 to 10 glasses of water per day – more if it is hot outside or you are exercising a lot, should be considered the minimum.
This is the perfect time in which to start eating healthy, exercise more often, and focus on an overall sense of wellness. Eating right is a large part of weight loss, but dieting alone is often not enough to enable one to achieve desired fitness goals. Sufficient water intake, challenging but attainable exercise routines, and nutritious foods are also required to enable any dieter to create sustainable results.