How To Lose Weight & Keep It Off This Year!
It’s almost that time of year again. A phenomenon that has become commonplace amongst today’s population is to set a New Year’s Resolution on 31st December, same old story every year. Likewise, the goals and ambitions included in these resolutions also remain pretty consistent. I don’t know about you but I no longer bother making New Year’s Resolutions.
Goals such as saving more money, buying less clothing, quitting smoking, getting out of debt or living the life you have dreamt of continue to make up a high percentage of resolutions. However, losing weight, being more active in your daily routinge and becoming physically fit never fails to take the Nr.1 spot on this list.
Staying on the topic of statistics, here is an unfortunate one: 80% of all New Year’s Resolutions fail. From these figures it can be deduced that many people plan to lose weight every year and they always fail.
If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are one of them. Maybe you set a goal to lose weight in the past and were unable to do so, maybe you did lose the desired amount of weight but could not keep it off.
Whatever the case may be, this article will provide only 3 helpful tips on how you can realistically lower your body weight this year and keep it off!
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3 Easy Tips How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Avoid Crash Diets! Yo-Yo Effect is Garanteed
Society today has an obsession with getting what we want and getting it fast. Losing weight is certainly not immune to this trend. If your goal is to decrease your body weight, you have probably done some research into what diet plan or list of foods to stick to. Unfortunately, a Google search containing any of those key words is going to bombard you with the latest fad diet or magic pills promising to transform your body in no time.
The problem with these lose-weight-fast-diets is that they either do not work, have the potential to negatively effect your overall health or are so extreme that there is no way to stick to them long term. While I won’t get into specific diets or foods, there is a general principle that needs to be made clear.
Most of us know what types of foods are considered healthy and what is complete garbage. Eating healthier and losing weight is anything but rocket science. Instead of going on a fad diet, start by eating healthy foods day after day and drink the recommended amount of water.
Don’t completely deprive yourself of your favorite snack just reduce the frequency in which you give in to your guilty pleasure!
Exercise Alone Is Not The Foundation
It’s a common misconception that your favorite cardio machine or a power workout can make up for your poor diet. It doesn’t!! While you should incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, if you’re regularly eating high-calorie foods and drinking soda, you’re basically trapped in a hamster wheel of weight loss failure.
Of course physical activity does burn calories, but not nearly to the extent in which you can consume them! For example, the average human burns about 100 calories during a mile on the treadmill, while a normal piece of chocolate cake contains over 300 calories.
Do you see the issue here? Exercise alone is not going to get you where you want to be regarding weight loss. Nutrition is the foundation.
Let Your Results Become A Lifestyle
Let us now assume that you have stuck to a consistent, sustainable and healthy diet, committed to an exercise routine and the results are starting to show. This is certainly an achievement and you should be proud of yourself!
However, this is when another, just as important issue needs to be addressed. If this New Year’s Resolution that you have worked so hard to bring to fruition doesn’t transition to an overall lifestyle change, regression is inevitable.
Don’t let your success cause you to become complacent and fall back into your old habits. Instead, use these results as a tool to transform your newly established health habits into a part of your lifestyle.
This is the only way to maintain and continuously progress with not only your weight loss, but also any other fitness goals you set for yourself in the future!
Final Words on How to Lose Weight Without Trying Too Hard
Personally I think the most important thing is making sure that you are never hungry. And if you do it right, you won’t be and there will be no cravings either. If you eat an optimal diet, choosing the right fiber and protein, you will most likely not feel hunger pangs after a period of adjustment.
The Ketogenic Diet has become a part of my lifestyle. Even if I have a cheat meal every now and then because of a fine dinner invitation or because I had a very stressful day and feel I need to reward myself with a chocolate chip cookie or just chocolate, the ketogenic diet is built into my everyday life. I love avocado, salmon, fish, salad, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and so much more that you can eat here, like peanut butter. 🙂
Whatever diet you favor, if it is a Low-Carb Nutrition, Keto, Paleo or just eating less and healthier foods in general, please make sure you get a health check at your doctors. Anyone who wants to start a diet, especially after 50+, and wants or needs to lose a lot of weight, should talk to a doctor in advance to make sure that the general medical condition fits and maybe even let a nutritionist help you get started, if you feel you need advice and a kick-start.
If you want to get to know more about the Keto Diet, here are Links to my favorite Keto Recipe Books and here is a new Keto Guide for the After 50 Generation with loads of fantastic keto recipes, tips and explanations.
You can do this!