Healthier New Year Resolution #1 – Healthier Weight
Most of us make New Year resolutions, and that includes to have a healthier lifestyle. One of the main ingredients of a healthy lifestyle is to have an ideal weight. In order for you to have an ideal weight, you have to maintain a long term fat fighting weight loss system. Make long term weight loss as your #1 Healthier New Year Resolution!
We all know that losing weight and keeping it off is no easy task. We all want to look and feel at our very best, but it can really get hard, especially in today’s world where it seems that everywhere we look we are surrounded by fatty, sugary foods. It is rather strange, that although the image of beauty has altered so much and the ideal body type is now stick thin, that at the same time more and more unhealthy food products are being released on to the market. It can be hard to turn down these delectable goodies, and as a result many of us find ourselves overweight before we know it.
Another factor to blame is technology. After all, in the high tech world that we live in today we really do not have to leave our homes for anything anymore, as everything can be done online over a computer. This may be convenient, but it also takes away from people getting outside and being active, and this too has resulted in causing obesity around the world.
Before you get started on a weight loss program, consider the following tips. They should help you reach your goal of obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight.
Set the Right Goals
If you want to lose weight and not only that but, just as importantly, keep it off, then the first and most important thing you need to do is set the right goals. Setting effective goals is crucial and will be largely determining on the success that you have with your weight loss and management. Most people just focus on losing weight and looking better but you really have to have a broader picture than that.
Remember that the most productive way to lose weight is by looking at it in the sense of your health, rather than making it more about vanity. Keep in mind that effective goals will be specific, attainable, and forgiving. For instance if you want to lose fifty pounds, instead of starting off and making that your goal right away, try for ten. This will be more reachable and you will not get disappointed or discouraged as much if you do not make it.
Reward Your Success
It is also very important that you reward yourself as you go along, so that you can stay motivated and feel good about yourself. As you lose one pound or five pounds for instance, the specific numbers which you can set for yourself, reward yourself with something, just not food. Perhaps if you reach your goal of losing twenty pounds in three months, then you could treat yourself to a night out with the girls or even go on a trip if you can afford it. This is your time and you deserve some special treatment.
Balance Your Checkbook
Another good idea is to keep your budget in check here, especially in terms of food. You should take a look at the food that you are buying and how often you are going grocery shopping. You may be quite surprised at how much money you could be saving. Once you take away the junk food on your list, you most likely are left with very little. This is also why it is very important that once you finally get determined and begin concentrating on losing weight and getting healthy, that you should empty out your fridge and cupboards and go out and get healthy food.
Avoid a Chain Reaction
This basically means that you need to determine what triggers are present in your life and that cause you to overeat. You also want to remember that the first couple of months are going to be the hardest, and many people feel as though they just can’t make it past this tough time. The key thing to remember here is to never give in. After all, if you cave and eat one cookie, what difference does five make? Obviously there is quite a difference but to an overeater not so much of a difference.
Get the Message
This tip mainly refers to how you need to listen to your body and know when you are full. For one, when you start eating your brain actually does not even realize that you are eating. Only twenty minutes later does the signal kick in and your brain and body begin to show signs of fullness. This is why the best idea is for you to take your time while you are eating, and try to take over twenty minutes to eat so that you can determine whether or not you are actually still hungry as you go along.