Most New Year’s resolutions include one on losing weight. Most of these resolutions fail, some fail because they were not realistic and others fail because they lacked a real plane. Well here are five simple steps that show you how to lose weight and how to keep it off in the New Year
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KEEP IT SIMPLE. The first requirement is to keep it simple enough that you can honestly commit to it. Your weight loss resolution should read something like this: “I will lose 20 pounds in six months and keep it off until December.” It does not specify exactly how you have to achieve it. It does not require a tough diet or a diet of any kind. It only establishes the basic goal.
KEEP IT REALISTIC. You must make your weight loss resolution realistic. Learning how to lose 20 pounds over six months is much easier to commit and succeed in doing than trying to lose 20 pounds in two months, or 50 pounds in six months. If it is realistic that you will quickly lose heart. Progress will be slower, but you will be able to really lose weight.
Get Started. You need to get started right away. But you can do it easily if you only commit to form a new habit. New habits are easier to shape than old habits are made to be broken. So our strategy to get started is to start a daily walking program. Where you go does not matter as long as it is safe. But when you go to matter. The best plan in my experience is to start walking before you eat breakfast. That way you always know when it needs to be done and all you need to do is to postpone your breakfast a little while. But you have to really commit to this. No eat at all until you’ve done your morning walk. This is the program I followed when I was a runner, and went to work every day. It works a treat!
Keep going. You will be able to keep going program goes because it’s not a difficult, complex diet, and after seven weeks there will be a solid habit. Do not beat yourself up if you miss a few days, just resume the habit as soon as possible. This is a lifestyle change habit. There should be permanent because of the many health benefits of getting fitter. A particular walking program is outlined in the article in the Resources section “How to Walk to Lose Weight.” It’s a very gradual program that should not be stressful for you at all.
KEEP IT OFF. After six months you should have reached your goal of losing 20 pounds. You will also have built a little more muscle in the lower body that will increase your resting metabolism. Plus, if you gave yourself or received a Christmas gift to a Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig program, then you will have a support program to make wiser food choices and eating smaller portions. Keep walking and use what you have learned about healthy eating, and you will keep your weight down and possibly losing more in the second half of the year. If these programs are not feasible for you then see Resources other items that can help with food choices.
Celebrate! Celebrate! It’s the end of the year, you have done so and are still going, even though it is home to a DVD program. You’ve lost weight and kept it off or possibly lost more than you committed. It’s great! It’s time to party! You’ve earned it!
Tips and Warnings
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Walk six days a week for best results. Follow walking plan outlined in Resources to get medical clearance.
If walking before breakfast is not feasible for you then do they go before lunch. Make a meal a hostage to walking program!
See your doctor to get medical clearance before starting an exercise program.