Here is the second installment of the discussion of the three most common Resolutions that people have for the New Year, every year.
Resolution to Lose Weight:
Many of us want to lose weight and get healthier. So we make a Resolution to eat less, cut carbs, go on a diet or whatever the wording it all amounts to losing weight. We’ve been “packing on the pounds” all year, or maybe even longer but we want to lose it all in two months. You know who you are. We forget that what goes on gradually, will come off gradually. Like everything else in our instant gratification society, we want it NOW! I’m here to tell you that show and gradual is a better way.
As I said yesterday, think about and set a goal. Make it realistic. Chances are this is a step you missed previous years when setting this Resolution. How much do you want to lose to get to a healthy weight? If it’s a large number like 100 pounds, you may want to have a talk with your healthcare provider. I hope you already have. Is it to just feel better and not run out of breath every time you go up a flight of stairs? And as with exercise, your goal will guide your program.
Do some research. Not all programs and plans are created equal. Fad diets that eliminate food groups can have you losing a lot of weight quickly, but I don’t recommend them. The body is made to have a balance of all nutrients from ALL food groups. Depriving yourself and and your body of any food groups will lead to cravings and eventually you will go off the diet. It’s not sustainable. Balance is the key where you may decrease your carbs for instance but you don’t eliminate them completely. Your body needs them for energy. You just need to choose wisely which carbs you will have in your diet. You made this Resolution to get healthier and eliminating food groups is not the way to do that. ( See my article on carbs HERE) (Another related post HERE)
Think about how much you want to spend. Yes, it will cost you. Whether you choose a plan where you have to eat their pre-packaged food or mix up those shakes, or you choose to eat real food, it will cost more. Fresh fruits and vegetables especially in some parts of the country this time of year cost more that the box foods or convenience foods we all tend to grab. For me, the real food route is easier to stick to for a few reasons. First, you aren’t eating differently than your family for the most part. And, if they eat the same as you, they will get healthier too! Also, you are learning the right way to eat and the right portions to have. Eventually, you go off those other foods and you haven’t really learned anything because they do it for you. Now, that’s just my opinion and all of those plans work. If you are a real food advocate like me, there are lots of websites and apps out there that will help you balance your diet and count calories.
Supplements, to take them or not to take them. I’m not talking about the “Magic Pills.” I am totally against them for a lot of reasons and if you follow me you know I don’t believe in pills at all if you can avoid them. I’m talking about supplements for energy, increase your protein intake and just keep vital nutrients at levels they need to be for your body. You need to decide for yourself what is best for you. Usually, if you have a large goal, supplements can be helpful. But be choosy. Again your Resolution is to be healthier so don’t take something that will jeopardize that.
And finally, as with exercise, START SLOW! Don’t expect that you will lose it all in a couple of months. It takes time to develop the habits that you need to sustain your gains. Personally, I believe that making small changes over time will change your habits and you won’t even realize it. And if you stray, and we all do, don’t sweat it, just get back on track and move on. In fact, you may want to give yourself permission to have a cheat day now and then so that you don’t feel deprived. CAUTION though, don’t completely overdo it on this cheat day. For instance, don’t eat a whole cake on your birthday, one piece should do the trick. Remember, you want to keep this Resolution this year! Full disclosure, I have a program that I work with and if you’re interested I have the link below the article.
HAVE FUN. Try some new foods. Experiment with new recipes. If it’s not fun, you aren’t going to keep doing it. I have a previous article on motivation tips HERE.
If you enjoyed this or found some value, please feel free to comment and share! If you have some tips that have worked for you to help you keep a Resolution or have a question, let me know.
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