The new year is only two days away, and we are done with all the Christmas parties. If you look at your scale right now, you are probably 2 or 3 pounds heavier than 2 months ago before you stuffed all those turkeys, mashed potatoes, and the 4th serving of pumpkin pie to your suddenly shrinking pants.
So the next logical things to do now is to have a new year resolution, right? And, we are going to lose some weight.
Losing weight is a great idea, but we know most people give up on their new year resolutions by February.
So, what can you do to improve your success in losing weight or staying healthy through the year?
These are 4 simple guides to help you success in losing weight.
1. Keep it simple
How many new year resolutions are you planning to do? No matter how many goals do you have, I would recommend pursuing them one at a time.
Let’s say my goal is to be fluent in Vietnamese, Japanese, and Spanish. Even though those three things are about learning a language, it would be more productive for me to master one language at a time instead of learning those three at the same time.
2. Set a goal with a purpose
We often set goals just for fun because we are doing it with our friends or family. That’s fun and great, but without a real purpose, you are most likely fail.
Do you know any bride who is trying to lose a few pound or build some muscle before the wedding day or photo day? Did she do it? Most likely yes because she has a very strong purpose… to look good in those photos.
So, you need to look deep into yourself and see what exactly motivate you? What are things that will make you wake up in the morning and say “I’m going to the gym today.”
If you can’t figure out your purpose to be healthy, how about using money as your incentive? DietBet and HealthyWage are two examples that will award you with cash for losing weight. Are you motivated now? 🙂
3. Stage your achievements
When you set a goal to lose 20 pounds, you are most likely to hop on top of your scale every single day and hoping to see a steady half pound drop every single day. Well, most likely, that is not going to happen, and you will give up on your goal after 3 or 4 weeks.
Tony Robbins said, “We often under-estimate what we can do in a long period of time, and over-estimate what we accomplish in a short period of time.”
One way to keep you motivated for a long period is to stage your achievements. Breakdown your goal from a yearly goal, into monthly goals, weekly goals or possibly daily goals.
For example, if you are trying to lose 20 pounds of body fat in 6 months for summer time. You can break it into I need to lose 4 pounds per month.
How do I lose 4 pounds per month? This might mean I need to cut down on drinking sodas and eat more vegetables.
So, your weekly goal is to eat salad for lunch at least 4 days in a week, and drink no more than 1 can of soda per week. You can even make the 1 can of soda as your reward where you can only have that 1 can of soda on your fourth salad in a week.
4. Get help from a coach
If you have not been living a healthy lifestyle as I do, you might not know where to begin. You can lookup for a bunch of information from the internet but you might end up spending more time browsing the internet than exercising.
So, I would recommend looking for help from an expert or someone who has been through those transformations themselves. So, they can help you to break down your goals and make your workout effective.