If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and get in shape, developing a plan will help you achieve your goal. By having a clearly defined weight loss plan in place, you will be more likely to have success when it comes to shedding those unwanted pounds. To help you reach your goals, here are a five tips you can use when losing weight.
1. Exercise Every Day
Exercising every single day is the best way to lose weight. While your daily exercise regimen does not need to including a hardcore workout, doing some type of aerobic exercise for 30-60 minutes a day is recommended. You can even break up that time into smaller increments throughout the day if you do not think you have the time to devote to a daily workout.
Also, by doing some type of exercise each and every day, you will get into a routine that will help you lose weight a lot faster than if you just went to the gym a few times a week.
2. Take Notes of What You Eat
Keeping a food journal or using a calorie counter app on your smart phone is helpful tip you can use when trying to lose weight. When you see exactly how many calories you consume in a given day, you can make adjustments to your diet and workout program to ensure you are burning enough calories to actually lose weight. By writing down what you eat during every meal, you will quickly be able to spot trouble areas within your diet that are preventing you from losing as much weight as you would like.
3. Create Weight Loss Goals
Another excellent tip you should keep in mind when trying to lose weight is to create small goals for yourself that will help you achieve your bigger goal. If you want to lose twenty pounds overall, creating smaller goals where you lose four pounds in a month or one pound per week will help keep you motivated along your journey. If you do not set goals for yourself, it is easy to become discouraged when you feel you are not losing as much weight as you should be. To make sure this does not happen when you are looking to lose weight, you will want to set up smaller, easily obtainable goals to keep you on track.
4. Allow for Cheat Days
Allowing for cheat days is a relatively new concept in the weight loss industry popularized by author Tim Ferriss. Since it can be difficult sticking to a healthy diet and workout program, allow for one “cheat day” each week to reward yourself for the progress you have made. By allowing yourself to skip a workout and/or eat an unhealthy meal once a week, you will remain fresh and focused on your weight loss goals. You will work harder during your six work out days each week knowing you have a cheat day coming where you can eat anything you wish.
A lot of people do not succeed in losing weight simply because they grow tired of eating the same healthy foods every month and sticking to the same workout program. When you mix it up and reward yourself for the progress you have made, you will be re-energized when it comes to losing weight and sticking with your current strategy.
5. Find New Ways to Exercise
One last tip you can use to help you lose weight this new year is to find new and exciting workout routines (check out our workout link for new routines). Taking up a new hobby or finding a sports league that you enjoy to participate in will provide you with exciting new ways to exercise and burn the calories you need in order to lose weight. If you continue to do the same old workout routine at the gym, you will quickly grow tired of your exercise regimen and find excuses to not work out. Since regular exercise is the single most important aspect of a weight loss plan, you need to make sure you enjoy your exercise so you continue to work out every week.
Losing weight can be a difficult goal to accomplish. However, with a weight loss strategy in place before you begin dieting and exercising, you will increase your chances of losing weight. Finding the time to exercise every single day, keeping notes of the food you eat, setting realistic goals, allowing for cheat days and finding new, exciting ways to exercise are just some tips you can use this year to help you shed those unwanted pounds.