Do THIS to Lose Weight & You’ll Never Diet Again—EVER!

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Small steps are the key to attaining and keeping a healthy weight so that you’ll never diet again.

Dieting can be a difficult thing, especially when you’re trying to make drastic changes to your normal routine. If you’d like to lose some weight and keep it off, the real secret is to do it with small changes that you incorporate into your lifestyle one at a time.

You will find the greatest success if you choose lifestyle changes that you can live with in the long term. For instance, if you love carbohydrates, it’s not likely that you’ll stay on a low-carb diet for long. In this situation, modifying your carbohydrate intake to an amount you find reasonable may work just fine for you.

These tips will help you eat nutritiously without feeling like you’re dieting:

  1. Cut portion sizes. Cutting your portion size, instead of altering what you eat, is always an option. It’s easy to forget what a healthy portion actually is, which may lead many people to eat more than they intended. Try eating a bit less and use smaller plates to make it seem like your plate is still full. You’ll still feel satisfied while eating less!
  1. Eat slowly. You don’t want to eat your meals at a snail’s pace, but it does take some time for your body to send signals to your brain that your stomach is full. If you’re eating slowly, you’ll get that message in time before you overeat.
  1. Eat more often. Experiment with dividing your meals into smaller sizes and eating more often. Eating smaller meals more often can keep you feeling full and energized and you may end up eating less.
  1. Drink plenty of water. You already know that water is vital to life. Water will also help you feel full. Drinking a glass of water prior to eating a meal helps you feel full sooner.
  1. Be mindful when eating at restaurants. Sometimes you’ll find that you have healthy eating habits at home, but it might all go out the window when you’re eating out. Restaurants are notorious for adding in extra salt, butter, and utterly ridiculous portion sizes. Either choose something that you know is healthy based on the nutritional facts, or split up your meal and take half of it home for tomorrow’s lunch.
  1. The calories you drink add up. When you’re calculating the calories you’ve eaten for the day, it’s easy to ignore all the calories in your drinks. If you’ve had mostly water, then it won’t be an issue. However, if you’ve stopped at Starbucks, or had fruit juice or a soft drink, you might find that you’ve had a whole meal’s worth of calories in just one drink.
  1. Maintain moderate exercise. Exercise is important to your overall health and well-being. If it’s hard to add time for an exercise routine to your schedule, remember that every bit of activity helps. Walking around the block, parking further out in the parking lot and taking the stairs instead of the elevator can give you some great exercise without taking up too much extra time.

Being healthy doesn’t need to take a huge effort on your part. You can get there by being aware of your body’s unique needs. Listen to your body and treat yourself right, and your weight goals are sure to follow in the new year!

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1. Have you found something that has helped you keep the weight off?
2. What is your biggest challenge on your weight loss journey?

Do You Have a Strategy for Losing Weight in the New Year?

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Successful weight loss can be achieved with a smart strategy for losing weight.

Too many women resolve to lose weight but never actually have a plan in place for doing it. So… year after year, they have the same New Year’s resolution because their goal was never achieved. Has this happened to you? How can you change this relentless pattern?

It’s important when setting goals to follow the S.M.A.R.T. goal system. This system will help you accomplish what you set out to do and reach your weight loss goals in a timely fashion.

  • Be explicit in what you want. Write down a specific number of pounds that you would like to lose. For instance, 2 pounds in one week, 8 pounds in 30 days.
  • Weigh yourself every week and take note of your weight change, either up or down. Keep track of this in a journal.
  • Small goals which lead up to a larger goal are often easier to reach. The success of reaching these small goals will keep you motivated.
  • Understand what your body is capable of doing and set your goals accordingly.
  • Keep your goal in focus by setting a completion date.

In addition, here are some more weight loss tips to help you succeed with your New Year’s resolution:

  1. Have a plan of action. How much weight do you want to lose? Break your total down into a series of smaller attainable goals. For example, plan to lose ____ pounds by ____ (date). Make these goals realistic, and then follow a plan of diet and exercise to achieve them.
  • Your plan may require changes in your lifestyle. Work these changes into your daily routines one-by-one to attain your goals.
  • Write your goals down in a journal, and review them every day.
  1. Change your diet. Figure out how many calories you’ve been consuming each day. If it’s over 2,500, gradually decrease the number of calories instead of immediately dropping to 1,200 calories a day. You can do this by eating healthy foods that help you lose weight AND build stress resistance.

For example, try limiting yourself to 2,000 calories a day for a week, then drop to 1,500 for another week. Eventually, you’ll reach your goal without being severely deprived.

Reducing your daily calorie intake will require healthy eating choices. Consult your physician for recommended nutritional guides, and choose the one that works best for you.

There are online programs that calculate your calorie and fat intake for you. All you do is write in your food choices. Use whatever tools you need to simplify your tasks and stay motivated to reach your goals.

  1. Get off the Couch. Set a reasonable exercise schedule to help you with your weight loss goal. Design your exercise regimen to target the areas that need the most toning (i.e. thighs, abs, arms, buttocks, etc.).
  • Keep your exercise goals realistic. Start small if you need to, and then increase your regimen. For example, running 5 miles every day will burn off a lot of calories, but it may not be feasible for you. You may need to first try walking to build up some stamina, and then add in running little by little.
  • Setting goals, which are too far from your normal activities, will quickly wear you out and discourage you. Start small and build on each success. Increase your exercise time (or treadmill speed, or incline, etc.) by a small increment each week.

     

  • Exercising a little bit each day will increase your energy and help you become healthier. And you don’t need a gym membership or expensive exercise equipment either. Walk around your neighborhood or use canned foods instead of weights. You can even borrow exercise DVDs from the library.
  1. Make Some Friends. The women who are usually the most successful in losing weight and keeping it off are the ones who have a great support system. Nothing deters you like knowing you’re accountable to others for every bite you put in your mouth.
  • Your support team will encourage you, work out with you, and bring you confidence when times are tough.
  • Some women find it helpful to join a local weight loss support group or an online weight loss group. Celebrating your weight loss successes with others will make them that much more meaningful.

Losing weight is possible for anyone who approaches the challenge wisely. With some careful planning and determination, your weight loss goal can certainly become a reality in the New Year.

Please Share Your Thoughts

In the comments below, share with us:
1. Is losing weight and eating healthy one of your resolutions for the new year? If so, how much weight would you like to lose?
2. What do you plan to do achieve your weight loss goals?