It’s mid-February and many people have lost (or are losing) the motivation for their New Year’s resolutions. This is the perfect time to help renew the vigor you once had (or create one if you missed the buzz from the New Year)! Check out today’s guest post by Kimberley Laws for some extra inspiration and practical tips to get back on track.
The holidays are over. The Christmas tree is down, the ornaments are nestled away, and the fruit cake has resumed its job as a doorstop. Everything is back to normal, except one thing. Your physique. You overindulged a bit over the holidays and your middle has become a little…um…pudgy. Yeah, that’s it. Your skinny jeans no longer fit and you seem to have developed an unsightly muffin top.
Don’t panic. Your muffin top–and those inner thighs that rub together–do not have to become a permanent part of your physique. With some hard work and stick-to-itiveness, you can kick those spare pounds to the curb–and reclaim your trim and fit figure.
1. Set a doable goal.
You can’t achieve a goal that you never set. That’s why it’s important to give yourself a realistic goal that can be divided into manageable steps. Keep in mind that most weight loss programs do not recommend trying to lose more than one or two pounds per week. Using this information, figure out how much weight you need to lose and develop a series of achievable deadlines.
Put your goals in writing and be sure to share these goals with friends and family. Not only will this instill a higher level of commitment to your goals and make you accountable to more than just yourself, but you will also greatly benefit from the support of those around you.
2. Move that body
Let’s face it. Modern technology has made us a slothful society. Look for opportunities throughout your day to burn calories and firm that flab. Opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. Forego the couch and park your treadmill in front of the television set. Join the gym. Or take up a new outdoor activity. Keep a record of your exercise and how many calories you burn in a day.
And avoid spending lengthy periods of time parked in front of your laptop. As Pastor Ed Young Jr. states, “Don’t let technology become wrecknology.”
3. Hit the bottle
No, not a bottle of your favourite shiraz or lager. The best beverage for any weight loss regime is good old-fashioned water. Not only is H2O calorie-free, but it will keep you feeling full longer. In fact, having a glass of the cold, clear stuff right before a meal will help prevent you from over-indulging. Plus, it will help your body rid itself of toxins.
And stay away from soda–or “pop,” depending on where you live. These harbingers of empty calories will not only add to your middle, but the carbonation will make you feel bloated and gassy.
4. Practice portion-control
Cutting down on the size of your meals will result in a significant reduction in calories. Your goal is to come away from the kitchen table satisfied–not overly full, feeling like you’re about to explode.
Try using a smaller plate for your meals. When you are at a restaurant, save a third of your meal for lunch the next day. And, instead of having three large meals throughout the day, opt for five light meals. This will keep your appetite steadily satiated and give a sluggish metabolism a healthy boost.
5. Be patient with yourself
The biggest thing to remember is not to get frustrated or beat yourself up. There are too many benefits to losing weight. If you slip up, just dust yourself off and try again. And treat yourself every once and a while. If a health regime feels like torture, you won’t be able to stick with it. Yes, say farewell to pudginess. Kiss that muffin top goodbye. And unveil a new and healthier you.
About the Author
Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer and avid blogger who is, suddenly, feeling very guilty about sitting in front of her computer. She also believes that all fruitcakes should be liberated from their posts as doorstops and sent to her P.O. Box. Immediately. Mm. Fruitcake. You can follow her neurotic and OCD ramblings at The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss.
What is your best weight loss secret? Can you think of any no-no’s?
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