New Year Weight Loss Plans

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After the over indulgence of December and the Christmas period, many of us turn a new leaf for the New Year and aim to lose some weight. For many this new regime is a promising one and can yield great results if you know where to start.

Goals

One of the most important things about your new weight regime is to set realistic goals, or targets. Losing a large amount of weight over a short period may seem great in the immediate future; however, such weight loss is very hard to keep up and also keep off, and once you return to your old ways you will end up putting in back on nearly as fast as it came off.

Set a realistic goal of around two pounds a week for weight loss. This will allow you to do so quite easily, while also ensure that you keep the excess off in the long term too. Losing weight over a short period result in much of what is lost being water, vitamins, bone density, protein and other essentials and is bad for health.

Take Something Up

Though you’ll be giving up your favorite treats, you should also take something up. Sport and exercise speed up the metabolic rate and allow you to burn off the calories at a quicker pace. This increases the speed of weight loss. It also means you to tone up and build muscle density, and so you look and feel better. Look into classes at local sports centres, go for a walk, or play on a sports team in your area to aid loss.

Eat Right

Preparation is one of the keys to eating properly and losing weight. Plan your meals for the week and do one large shop in preparation. This will ensure that you don’t have to go to the supermarket and aren’t tempted by the sugary and sweet snacks there. You can also plan a number of healthy meals for your week.

Try avoid Carbohydrates and Fats

Carbohydrates and fat are the greatest cause of weight gain. For people who aren’t extremely active, such as components of food are not necessary in large amounts. Of course if you are exercising you will need some carbohydrates for energy – however, reducing the intake of these will aid weight loss. You should also try and eat foods, which are below 4 per cent in fat. To determine this, look at the amount of fat per 100g on the side of the pack. If it is above 4g per 100g try to avoid it.

Fibre

Eating fibre rich food is a great way to aid weight loss. Foods that have a high amount of fibre, such as vegetables keep you fuller longer. Vegetables are also low in sugars and fat generally and high in minerals and vitamins, meaning you can eat a large amount of, them, and they have less calorie impact than many other foods.

Water

Drinking plenty of water will also aid your weight loss and ensure you feel healthier. Drink at least two litres of water per day to remain hydrated, more if exercising. This will make your skin look better, flush out those Christmas toxins and will also make you feel fuller, so you don’t eat as much. Water is also calorie free.

When beginning your New Year weight loss regime, remain balanced, follow these rules and be patient, and you shall succeed.

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Healthy Ways to Recover From Holiday Meals

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The holidays are ushered in with food and tons of it. From Halloween candy, to Thanksgiving side dishes, to Christmas desserts, there are too many temptations to resist this time of year. We enjoy these once a year foods in astronomic proportions which leads to an average of several pounds of weight gain per person. Here are a few steps to help you recover from holiday overeating.

The healthiest way to get back on track after the overindulgence is to start eating frequent and healthy meals throughout the day. You are less likely to eat non-nutritious foods if your body is full. Keeping your body full with healthy fuels including high protein foods like nuts, lean meats, vegetables, and fruit in moderation will help you to achieve your goal. Again, all of this hinges on the fact that you will eat small portion sizes many times a day and fill up on healthy fuel.

Foods that include unhealthy sugars and carbohydrates as the first few ingredients in the label should be given or thrown away. Self-control starts at the grocery store. Limit food purchases to foods that are unprocessed. One simple way to gauge how healthy a food is location in the store. Foods that are located on the perimeter of the store are more healthy in general than the processed foods found down each aisle.

Drink plenty of water. Being dehydrated can produce physical reactions that mimic hunger pangs. Moreover, a very high percentage of the population remains dehydrated due in large part to choosing other beverage options. Sugar and alcohol laden drinks are not going to help you achieve your goal of recovery. Sip on water before every small meal to ensure that your body experiences fullness without any calories at all!

Get back into the routine of regular exercise. It will be preferable to find an hour or so in your day to keep your activity level up. Interval training is especially effective in burning a maximal amount of calories. Always start slow and consult your health care provider before starting an exercise program especially if you have any unique conditions. In addition to devoted exercise time, it would be good to add as much activity to your daily routine as well. Whether this is parking far away from work or the store and walking that little bit further, or cleaning your house vigorously at night, all of these add calorie burning activity that will help you achieve your goal.

Finally, find someone to hold you accountable. People in general do better sticking to a diet and exercise program when they find an honest accountability partner. There is nothing like meeting a friend at the gym as a motivation to go daily. Friends and family support systems are large determinants in a person’s success with weight loss. Find someone who will help you to achieve your goal. It can be as simple as emailing them a daily report as to what you have eaten daily or getting together for a yoga class. This makes weight loss more enjoyable and increases the chances of you sticking with it.

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