“Old habits die hard” and creating new ones are even harder. So I can understand what millions of people feel like when trying to lose weight. The enthusiasm starting January 1 is filled with the hopes and excitement of losing weight. But like many people they underestimated the amount of work they have to put in to get the job done, because by mid January they begin to throw in the towel. I’ve seen it and experienced this myself. There are a few things that you can do to revamp and stick to your commitment.
1. Reconstruct your workout routine: By now you should know what type of workouts you enjoy doing and those that give the best results. If you always wanted to take a dance class, then sign up for one. There are so many to choose from like salsa, belly dancing, hip hop and for all those ladies who want to be adventurous pole dancing. You’ll be amazed of how much upper body strength you’ll build. Another great workout is yoga. Especially, Bikram yoga also known as “heat yoga” can burn 600 calories in just one class.
2. Spice up your meal plan: When people start dieting they begin to eat the same thing day in and day out. By now you’re at the verge of puking at the sight and thought of eating anything with oats, wheat, chicken, lettuce, tuna and etc. I’ve been in this position numerous times and it just made eating unbearable, but there’s hope. Eating doesn’t have to be impossible. By adding spices and even a variety of vegetables to your planner will help tremendously. Spices like chilies, turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and oregano are just a few spices that can create great meals and they have numerous health benefits. Another tip is to create meals with vegetables that are in season. For instance, butternut squash, asparagus, artichokes, zucchini, and leeks are all seasonal vegetables that can stimulate your taste buds.
3. Monitor your progress: Knowing your progress is critical. Everyone needs to know where they’ve started from and where they’re heading. There are a lot of people that monitor their weight everyday and those that monitor it every week. Don’t weigh yourself everyday. You’ll drive yourself crazy and your weight fluctuates day to day. Have your weigh in every week and preferably on the same day and time will help you greatly. Plus measuring yourself every other week will show what part of your body is losing fat than others.
Lastly, I would suggest creating a food journal and workout plan if you haven’t done so already. Some foods help best than others. You should definitely eat something for your pre and post workout. The year is not over yet and if you’re feeling derailed then get yourself back on track, because there’s nothing more important then your health.
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