Aim to rid the flab in 2013
If you’ve jotted down “lose weight” as your New Year’s resolution, you’re in good company. While it’s said to be the most popular resolution, it’s also one of the least successful. But there are a few ways to stay on track in the New Year.
First step, recognize that losing weight is a lifestyle, not a diet!
A lot of people set goals and are really on a roll in January and February, but then their energy fades because they’re not making a lifestyle change.
If you have more than just a few kilos to lose, there isn’t a quick fix, and you’ll need to stay on task for six to 12 months, or even more.
A nutritionist’s top five dieting tips:
1. Set small goals
Choose to lose a half a kilo a week or about two kilos a month. Start cutting out junk food, empty calories, fried foods, and sweets.
2. Energy in vs. Energy out
If you take in less energy through the food and drinks compared to what you burn each day, you will lose weight.
3. Keep a food journal
Make a habit of jotting down everything you eat and drink for two weeks. A food journal can offer clues to your daily habits and pitfalls and help you make decisions about what to eliminate, reduce, and add.
4. Identity your trigger foods
If you know you are likely to gorge on salty snacks or chocolate, keep tempting treats out of reach.
5. Find an eating replacement
Exercise, read a book, or ride a bike rather than snacking. Learn to listen to your body’s clues about hunger versus boredom, for example. Exercising 30 minutes a day, four to five times a week, is recommended. When eliminating or reducing certain foods from your diet, pick one or two to start. Work on these for two weeks before adding more.
While dieting may feel like a slow process, it’s a lifestyle change. Doing it slowly will help you stick with it and make you feel like you’re not giving up everything all at once.
An easy, healthy weight loss plan to follow is in the Manna Weight Loss e-book. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets (2 with each meal) to control blood sugar and appetite and replace 1 to 2 meals per day with the low calorie, organic and natural Manna Low GI Shake and you will notice the difference.