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5 things you need to know if your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight
Stop cutting out carbs it’s making you fat
1.) Eating foods that nourish your body, and aid is muscle development and growth is just as important as sticking to an exercise routine. You can’t have chocolate croissants for breakfast, Big Macs for dinner, plop yourself on a cardio machine for an hour, and expect to see results. Your body needs proteins, fat and yes you do need carbs. Some research has even suggested that carbs can prevent weight gain and aid in weight loss. Whole grains help to reduce total body fat and lower cholesterol. Foods like oatmeal or some type of bran cereal before exercise may help burn more fat because they contain slow release carbs. Foods like white toast contain quick release carbs that can spike insulin levels and trigger the body to store fat. This is what you don’t want! So eat the carbs, don’t be afraid, just make sure you are eating the right carbs. Go for the low-fat dairy products, whole grains, beans, brown rice and vegetables.
Scales do lie
2.) Stop trying to be skinny, and start trying to be strong. Don’t burn your energy focusing on your current weight and how different that is from the weight you want to be. Stressing about the amount of pounds you want to lose and the bridge you have to cross to get there can be disheartening, especially if the pounds aren’t melting off as quickly as you would like. How much weight can you lift? How far can you walk? Keep track of these numbers, and ignore the scale. These are the numbers that are important. As these numbers increase, so will your strength and endurance. Keep track of sets, reps and cardio. Every week you should try to increase your duration and speed. Lastly, take progress pictures. Progress pics are a great way to see how your body is changing.
Stop lying to yourself
3.) Stop making excuses, and stop trying to make yourself believe you are physically not capable of changing. Working two jobs, going to school full time, a cold, a back ache or any other type of ache are not legitimate reasons for why you are unhealthy, out of shape and unmotivated. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror then you have to do something about it. So, instead of covering up what you don’t like with an over-sized hoodie, reaching for the half pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the fridge and telling yourself you will start fresh on Monday, START NOW!! Put down the ice cream and have a little faith in yourself. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you don’t know where to start, Youtube it. There are so many how-to videos when it comes to exercise.
Muffins lead to muffin tops
4.) In order to maintain a healthy weight you have to commit to a healthy life style. You don’t want to have to start back at the beginning every couple of months. The best way to keep this from happening is to create a routine that allows you to incorporate exercise and healthy meal choices into your life every day. Carve out time to meal prep. When meals and snacks are already planned out you are less likely to be hungry and reach for the first thing you see. A healthy lunch that may consist of chicken, brown rice and vegetables will sustain your hunger for a much longer period of time then a glazed donut, or chocolate chip muffin.
5.) Once you’ve reached your goal keep going; don’t quit. If you fall back into your old habits you will find yourself back in your old extra-large sweat pants. Maintain your routine, but don’t deprive yourself. It’s okay to order desert after dinner, but don’t do it every day.
Don’t just make a New Year’s resolution, make a lifelong resolution. To change your body, you have to change your mind. Ignore the voices in your head that are telling you that you can’t do it. Strong is the new pretty, so go for it!!