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Apr 17, 2011

New Year’s Resolution #1: Lose Weight!

The old year has come and gone, a new year awaits with a new chance to lose weight but at the same time, a new year can be filled with endless temptations to gain more weight too. The New Year gives us a chance to start fresh, do things right from the start, erase past mistakes and vow that we will do better. Resolutions don’t have to be huge, in fact, it’s those huge resolutions are the very reason so many of them fail. Set a goal, one that you know is realistic, and strive to achieve it. Don’t try solving every problem you have at the same time—life’s never going to be that simple as much as we’d like it to be.

My hope in this article is to give you the guidance you need to be able to stick to your New Year’s resolutions and lose the weight without struggles or going back.

Help! I want to get rid of that extra weight!

An increasingly large percentage of the North American population is overweight or obese. While a lot of people will argue that they are fine with the way they look, being overweight is not just a superficial issue, but it can cause a lot of serious health problems down the road and to many, it can result in a lack of self confidence, added stress, depression, anxiety and gradual detachment from society.

We live in a hectic world where people have so much to do in so little time, and with everything they have on their minds, it’s no surprise that many forget to look after their bodies. If you’re like most people, you could be spending at least 8 hours at your job and by the time you get home, you still have chores to do; you have to cook and feed the kids, pay the bills, clean and do laundry—and just like that, your New Year’s resolutions of eating healthier, working out more and doing more positive things to your body goes down the drain. But people don’t think of the long-term effects that being overweight will have on them—not until it’s too late, at least. Don’t wait until your health FORCES you to put your life on hold because of an ignored weight problem.

The first mistake people make when making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight is setting their expectations too high, they go about it too radically to maintain. While a lot of people go diet-crazy the first few days, they may even last a week, their plan dies very quickly since it was not planned around every-day life. You can’t drop your life and lose weight, so you’ll have to work your plan around your schedule, weave it into your daily life gradually so that it fits in.

The more patient you are, the more gradually you take your weight-loss process, the more pounds you will be able to lose. The key is in keeping it consistent. People who lose a lot of weight very quickly find themselves putting on the weight just as quickly, so that their bodies balances out again. Fact: your body is going o fight against any drastic changes you make to it, which is why it is important, if not essential, to take your weight loss slowly and work it into your routine. Rather than starving yourself to death or deciding to not eat anything but raw vegetables, cut back on sugary drinks or fast food instead.

It’s always best to set a plan that you can stick with—this is the key to your New Year’s resolution success!

Having trouble setting out a diet plan that you can stick to? Need some help setting your plan up? Looking for an extra pair of ears or some extra support and motivation? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how your weight loss plan is going, how many pounds you’ve lose to date, how many pounds you’re looking to lose and anything else you want to share with me. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment here with your questions or comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Here’s to your weight loss success!   

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