7 Things If Your NY Resolution Is To Lose Weight
It’s near impossible to check social media, listen to the radio or watch TV after the 1st January without everyone and their mother’s talking about weight-loss inspired New Year’s resolutions.
If you feel like you’ve indulge over the Christmas period, the last month (year) or your entire life, the New Year is a great time to start a fitness plan and begin a healthy lifestyle. If you’re just starting out, I’ve pulled together a list of seven things you need to know if your New Year resolution is to lose weight in 2017.
1 – Change your mindset.
Your resolution shouldn’t be to lose weight (unless your doctor told you to). It should be to become healthier and fitter. So many people rely on scales and numbers when really it should be on how you physically, and mentally feel.
2 – It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Don’t expect to have a washboard stomach in a week. Hell, don’t expect to have it in a month or even two months. Most fitness plans (and gurus) say a 12 week minimum plan is the best for seeing results. Changing your body is a long process, but it’s totally worth it in the end.
3 – Have a game plan.
This leads me on nicely to my next point. If you’re new to the fitness world, I would highly recommend following a plan. There are thousands in the market with different focuses and goals, so they can fit in nicely with yours. Most have helpful tutorials and text to run you through the exercises and ensure you’re doing everything correctly.
4 – Keep yourself motivated.
This is often the hardest one. If you don’t achieve a goal as quickly as you like, you have a rough day/ week or you just feel down (it is January, after all), this is ultimately the motivational breaker. Do not give up. Indulge in a cheat meal, cry, watch bad movies and rest, regardless of whether it’s mental or physical, we all need rest at times, just don’t use it as an excuse to give up. For more motivation, why not mix up your regime by taking part in a couple of classes?
5 -Don’t compare yourself to others.
Who cares if Barb next door has lost 15lbs in a week by eating nothing but celery. Barb isn’t you. Barb will gain an additional 50lbs when she starts eating normally again. Concentrate on you, and you alone. Make your own milestone (1lb, 1kg, 20 minutes non stop running, 50 crunches a night etc etc) and reward yourself when you do this. No body is the same, so there really is no comparison.
6 – Eat carbs.
Obviously not just carbs, but carbs are definitely not the devil when it comes to exercise. Stay away from processed carbs, but make sure you get an intake of good carbs such as broccoli and sweet potato. It genuinely does not matter how hard you hit the gym, if you’re not eating right you won’t see results. Fitness 100% continues in the kitchen after you work out. I meal prep during the week, and I plan my evening meals at the weekend. I also keep a food diary so I know how much I’m intaking and what I need more of.
7 – Get organised.
Plan what days you’re going to the gym, get your gym kit out the night before, take appropriate snacks, look up what you’re day plan is and be organised. If you have to wake up at 6am, grab you stuff, sort your food for the day and then head off, your motivation will clearly deteriorate. Keep your life together (at least the gym bit) and get organised.
I hope these tips are helpful if you’re starting out on a health kick for 2017. Do you have any fitness advice you think is worth sharing?
Thanks for reading,