We are rapidly approaching the end of the year, and for many of us, 2020 will begin with aspirations to shape up and lose weight. It is thought that a third of people want to lose weight, making it the second most common New Year’s resolution after doing more exercise. The trouble with resolutions is that we tend to start the new year off with energy and vigour, which soon fall by the wayside. Often, it’s not our bodies that hold us back, but our minds. How often do you find yourself giving into cravings or convincing yourself that the diet starts on Monday? If you struggle to get into the zone and stay motivated, here are some tips that you may find useful.
Work out why you want to lose weight
We all know that if there’s a good reason to do something, we’re likely to make more effort. So, why do you want to lose weight? Are you worried about your health? Are you unhappy with the way you look? Are you desperate to be more confident? Do you wish you could keep up with your kids or the dog when they’re tearing around the garden? Whatever your reasons, note them down. Be honest and write down how you feel. When you’re struggling for motivation, or you’re on the cusp of throwing in the towel, get that list out and read it. Do you still have those reasons? If so, this could just give you the nudge you need.
Make a plan and set goals
There’s a lot to be said for being spontaneous, but sometimes, planning can be incredibly beneficial. Work out how you’re going to lose weight and what kinds of changes you’re going to make. If you searched online for ways to get a perfect body, you’d be greeted with all kinds of options, from miracle cures and crash diets to healthy eating plans and cosmetic treatments. Be wary of anything that promises dramatic weight loss in record time. It’s much better to consider positive lifestyle changes that will benefit you for years to come. Most people find that a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise is the best option. Look for simple, healthy recipes online or ask your doctor for advice about healthy eating plans. Another thing that people find helpful is finding out how to hypnotize yourself. If you’re new to exercise, build up your fitness gradually by going to the gym, attending exercise classes, joining a sports team or a running club or even just doing a fitness DVD or Yoga at home. Once you’ve got a routine up and running, stick to it and work towards goals and objectives. It’s a good idea to have a couple of days off training and to incorporate a cheat day every week so that you’re not focusing on what you can’t have all the time. This can help to keep cravings at bay and increase motivation.
Eating leaves every day and running for miles isn’t the most fun use of your time, but being healthy doesn’t have to be dull. Experiment with different recipes and ingredients and switch up your fitness regime. Go trampolining, try yoga or go to a Zumba class as well as jogging or hitting the gym.
Many people find it tough to lose weight and often, it’s not the body that struggles, it’s the mind. Hopefully, this guide will come in handy as you try and stick to those New Year’s resolutions.
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