Weight Loss Survival Tips for 2017
A new year means the opportunity for new beginnings. When you're trying to lose weight after all those holiday indulgences (or any other time, for that matter), some simple strategies can help. Here are some ideas from the Metabolic Research Center.
Take a Long View
Rome wasn't built in a day, and you didn't gain those extra pounds overnight. It stands to reason that you aren't going to shed them immediately. Set reasonable goals for yourself and concentrate more on correct behavior than the scale. Eat a healthy, real-food diet; make the food last by chewing slowly and taking small bites. Make small dietary changes and keep them up.
It's hard to know where you're going if you don't know where you've been. Try keeping a food diary for a while; you may be able to pinpoint certain eating patterns or times when you'd kill for a potato chip. Nothing elaborate – just a notepad where you record what you ate, when and how you felt at the time. Once you know where the weak spots are, you can make changes: take a walk when the craving hits or keep celery sticks around for the crunch effect.
Take Time to Celebrate
Many of us are our own worst enemies. We spend much more time criticizing ourselves then providing loving support. Think of yourself as a well-loved friend who needs recognition for his or her daily efforts. If you slip, try to learn from it, but don't beat yourself up.
Nobody said losing weight was easy. The end goal, however, is more than worth it. You can get where you want to go with real foods, regular exercise and a few tips and tricks like the ones above. Now that's a New Year's resolution anyone can get behind!
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