Shed Pounds in 2012 by Avoiding these Goal-Busting Blunders
It’s that time of year again! When those of us who have been using the same treadmill, on the same days, at the same time for as long as we can remember, have to wait for a machine, any machine, to open up at the gym. Thanks to New Year’s Resolutions, January is often the busiest month for gym memberships. Everyone starts out gung-ho, but eventually the crowds fizzle to the same faces we are used to seeing each morning.
Make this year different! Don’t let your weight loss or fitness goals go by the wayside. Try using the following tips from our expert contributors to help you stick with your New Years Resolution to shed pounds in 2012.
How to Stick to Your New Years Resolution
It’s the time of year that most of us dread, but it’s the time of year where most of us look forward to changing our lives for the better. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest promises people seem to make after the clock strikes midnight is, “I’m going to lose weight and be healthier.” Easier said than done, right?
Even though most of us make the pledge, the follow through can be a bit difficult. In fact, after about six months, over 50% of people bow out on their New Year’s Resolutions. Here are 3 goal-busting blunders to avoid in 2012.
Planning Too Far in Advance:
When it comes to issues like weight loss, most of us plan for the long-term such as, “In a month, I want to drop 30 pounds; next year, I want to be half my size.” Although long-term goals are important when it comes to weight loss, short-term thinking can give you greater benefits. According to recent research from the University of Sheffield, 91 percent of people who start an exercise plan usually bail within the first four weeks. Mainly, this is because people look to the long term and think they have to push themselves harder and harder until they reach these goals.
Quit Thinking “Perfection”:
If you skip a workout one week, you are more than likely to skip a workout the following week. If you go to the drive thru for dinner instead of cooking healthy for dinner, you are more than likely to do the same thing the following week. This is a domino effect that has an impact on thousands of new year’s resolutions every year. Once people mess up, they fear the worst and think their entire weight loss purpose is doomed for the rest of the year. This is because people think that diet and exercise has to follow a “perfection” schedule.
Not Having a Support System:
Once you have your family friend or spouse on board, develop a strategy together that will help you both succeed. Share your goals with each other, and develop a plan with these things in mind. Study after study has shown that higher success rates for weight loss are due to the fact that subjects had a steady support system. After all, what better way to lose weight than by doing it with a friend at your side?
Change Your Style of Eating
When setting a weight loss goal for your New Year’s Resolution, keep in mind the following tips when sitting down to a meal. They could make the difference between over-eating and feeling comfortably full.
1. Drink Water 15-20 Minutes Before Eating
Believe it or not, thirst can sometimes be mistaken for hunger. Drink up on your H20 and you won’t feel as hungry.
2. Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth after eating will make your taste buds numb, you won’t be able to appreciate the tasty morsel looming before you.
3. Chew Slowly
Chewing your food slowly will not only help you appreciate the food, it will also keep you from piling more onto your plate.