It's that time of year again! You know, that time of year when you fully and wholeheartedly commit to making a fresh start? Research isn't on your side, unfortunately: did you know that only about eight percent of all new year's resolutions are successful? Many of those, of course, are related to health, and in particular — weight loss. If you have experience with resolving to lose weight at the start of a new year only to be stuck in front of the TV binge-eating potato chips before, something went wrong. Either you weren't committed enough, or the plan of execution you made just wasn't right for you. Here's the thing: 2017 can be different! Here are some weight loss tips you will actually want to stick to.
Green Smoothies: Slow And Steady(Health) Wins The Race
Nobody who is serious about weight loss actually enjoys reading those boring old reports about healthy weight loss not being achievable overnight, warnings against starvation diets that offer quick results, yadayadayada. We all know they're right, though. You want your weight loss to be permanent and healthy, not a phase that lasts only as long as your diet does. That requires lifestyle changes, like eating for health and enjoyment rather than with the single goal of losing weight in mind.
Lucky enough, the SteadyHealth team has just come out with a new app offering healthy smoothie recipes for weight loss. Searchable by ingredient, users have access to over 400 great recipes — wherever they are! You have full control over your weight loss, your stomach and taste buds won't be crying out for more (more, more!), and on top of that, you'll experience a boost in energy that will encourage you to get to some of that exercise you'll also need to set yourself up with if you really want to lose weight.Green smoothies, which offer you plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as fiber, good fats, and even protein, can be an amazing companion on the path to sustained weight loss, precisely because they aren't pure torture.
Fight Demotivation With Team Sports
You know that bit about signing up for the gym with a special new year's discount? Yeah, that didn't work for me too well, either. Many people simply find the gym boring, if not also demotivating — you see all those buff people around you, and might even feel embarrassed to show your not-yet-all-that-fit body off to them. What about working that treadmill at home and doing aerobics in front of YouTube? Before you know it, you'll be checking Netflix out instead.
Everyone who has made healthy and sustainable weight loss their goal does, however, need to work out. Regularly. Rather than choosing a solitary activity, either actually solo or in the company of others who make you feel bad and you don't actually speak to, choose a team sport for maximum success. Running, pilates, capoeira, street workout — whatever it is, if you're backed up by a solid team of people who build who are competitive in a positive way, you'll be wanting to stay true to more than a promise you made yourself. You'll be in it for your team mates, too.
How To Make A New Year's Weight Loss Resolution Stick
See What Your New Eating Habits Can Do For Your Bank Balance
Being more frugal is, along with losing weight, a popular new year's resolution. If you're anything like many people, you budget for weekly groceries, but conveniently leave those extras that you didn't intend to buy off — you know, that burger, that Starbucks latte with almond syrup and a cookie, those beers you had with co-workers, the giant sundae you got for yourself too because your kid wanted one, and so on. Those extras, those non-planned for fast foods and snack items, can easily make a big dent in your budget as well as add to that weight gain you self-denialismed your way into thinking happened quite mysteriously, in defiance of the laws of physics.
Wanna lose weight in 2017? How about this: say no to non-planned for and non-good-for-you food and drink items! Are you guilty of compulsively helping yourself to some of the four big bad boys — sugary snacks, sugary drinks, savory junk foods, and booze? Say no to "chance meetings". Enjoy in moderation, only when planned. Like only on the weekend. Most humans are creatures of habit, and weekend-only junk food still allows you to follow a particular, comforting, pattern.
What are you going to get out of it?
- Maybe cravings, for the first week or so.
- The chance to use all the actual good food items you've bought for from-scratch meals. Throwing food away is bad for the planet as well as your budget.
- Weight loss, duh.
- Better health, duh.
- A more optimistic-looking bank balance. How about every time you feel the urge to buy a bad-for-you food item that you hadn't planned for, you put the money in some safe place, at least for the whole month of January? Then spend that money on some pre-agreed on fun family/couples/solo activity, like, kayaking perhaps?
Social Pressure Enables Small Changes To Become Permanent Ones
Do you want to walk part-way to work? Replace all sugary beverages with water? Ditch dessert? Go to bed earlier? (Yeah, that might encourage weight gain, read up on weight gain and circadian rhythm.) Recruit partners in crime. Whether they're co-workers, friends, your wife or husband, your kids, your mother, it doesn't really matter — as long as you have others doing whatever you are doing together with you. Hold each other accountable. While you're at it, tell everyone who isn't in on your scheme what you are doing as well. You don't want to be labeled a slacker, so this positive peer pressure is really just indirect self pressure, but it works wonders. And once you get into the habit of doing things a certain way? You are much more likely to stick with your changes, even if your social group abandons them.