Looking to jump-start your New Year’s weight loss? Before reaching for a pill or signing up for the latest exercise fad – know this: many of these trends promising quick, easy and long-lasting results are usually too good to be true. They can hurt your health and your wallet.
Losing weight should be a long term goal, not a panic reaction to the looming New Year. Keep in mind that you want to develop healthy lifestyle habits that will help you achieve and maintain your desired results and thus keep you motivated.
Choose Good Fats
Monitoring your calorie in-take and learning about what foods are good for you are key to weight loss. For example, did you know there are good fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts and seeds that helps your body absorb nutrients from food. Bad fats are those from processed meats and most kinds desserts that raise cholesterol levels.
Pick a sport you enjoy
A short-term diet that you “go on” and then “go off” is not the answer to long-term weight management. Nor is an expensive gym membership if you don’t have the time to dedicate to working out or if you genuinely do not enjoy a static workout indoors. Instead, pick a physical activity or sport you enjoy and commit to that. Do you like to jog? Join a running group that meets regularly to jog together. Love being in the water? Take up swimming or learn a new water sport.
Being active is extremely important for keeping weight off—not to mention it has a slew of other great health benefits, including helping cholesterol ratios, reducing blood pressure, as well as improving mood and well-being.
After a few weeks of eating right and regular physical activity, you shouldn’t just look better. You should feel better, too. Losing weight is about improving your life, not restricting it. So be sure that you’re focusing on the positive and embracing your healthy choices each day. After all, it is a choice— and you should choose to be healthy and happy!