Raise your hand if you are one of the millions of people declaring they will get fit in the New Year. Don’t worry, I’m on the boat too. Trying to recover from some indulgent meals on trips and skipping the gym for basically the whole year. Is your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Eat healthier? Get more active so you don’t die on the Diamond Trails in Hawaii? Before you rush to crash diet but cut out entire food groups or making yourself miserable by cutting significant calories, consider taking it slow and steady. BWhen make small changes to your diet over time, add new challenges as you conquer the most recent, you can achieve weight loss and healthy eating habits that will last. Adding more leafy greens and root veggies to every meal or cutting down on sugary soft drinks is a solid first step.
Cheat a little. No one is going to tell if you don’t. More importantly, allowing yourself one cheat day a week and treat occasionally can keep you from spiraling out of control and binging. The guilt and disappointment can cause you to double down on a restrictive diet, eventually causing your body will go into starvation mode and conserve calories by conserving energy. And conserve fat.
Mix it the calories. If you hit a plateau with weight loss, try eating an extra 500 calories one day, and then 500 less the next to kick-start your metabolism.
Log your meals. Put your daily calories into an online diet logger, such as My Fitness Pal, 8Fit or My Food Diary, that tracks everything you consume for two weeks. can yield surprising information which can help you make healthier food choices.
Workout for fun. That’s right. Fun. I know for most of us that word doesn’t seem synonymous with working out but finding an activity that doesn’t feel like a task. If water is your thing, try a water aerobics class. Hate running? Try yoga or kickboxing. When it doesn’t feel like work it’s easier to stick to.
You and I can agree that planning to make such a big life change can be overwhelming and when we head into (internal) battle with unrealistic expectations and pressed for time as we swear to be bikini ready by March, we end up falling off the wagon. And maybe ending up worse than we started. (Guilty!) So what can we do to build long-term success? We take our time and make a life change rather than a temporary, superficial one.
How do you plan to achieve your fitness goals in 2018?