BUYER BEWARE! If you are one of the millions of people who have decided to lose weight and get in shape in the New Year, remember that there is no magic bullet. No pill, shake or juice cleanse is a good solution for permanent weight loss. Be a smart consumer. Lot’s of “programs” are just glossy marketing schemes designed to appeal to the desperation of frustrated customers who are willing to spend their hard earned money on "results" that may not happen.
CALORIES IN, CALORIES OUT! Don’t overthink this whole diet and exercise thing. The basics still apply. Create a caloric deficit and you will lose weight.
DIETS WORK, PEOPLE FAIL! The reason diets are so popular is because they work! (See #2) When we get motivated enough to do something, we want results and we want them fast. The thinking is that once we lose the weight, then we’ll eat healthier, exercise more and just be better. Sound familiar? The more extreme your diet is, the better chance you have at failure down the road. Here are some things to consider: Will you always drink a meal replacement shake? Do you want to give up bread for good? Do you plan on never drinking alchohol? Don’t be extreme for a few weeks and expect to have lasting results. Make wise decisions that will lead you to permanent weight loss.
DON’T RELY ON EXERCISE TO LOSE WEIGHTThe benefits of exercise are powerful. With a consistent exercise program, we can expect less stress, better sleep, excellent cardiovascular health, lowered risk of diseases, just to scratch the surface. Of course, the main reason the majority of the population exercises is to burn calories. While this is absolutely one of the best benefits of exercise, remember that you cannot substitute exercise for good nutrition and expect to meet your weight loss goals.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE Drink water all day long! You need half your body weight in ounces. In another words, if you weigh 140 pounds, you need to consume 70 ounces of water in one day. That’s a little more than 4 bottled waters. If you stay hydrated, you are less likely to overeat. Simple.
SET S.M.A.R.T GOALS Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound. Keep this in mind whenever you’re setting goals for yourself. Is losing 20 pounds in 3 months realistic? NO! Is running a 5K in 2017 time-bound? Kind of, but you need to set a date. Find one in March and get a training plan! Is “toning up” measurable? No, but comparing how many 5lb bicep curls you can do the first week in January to the last week in January is very measurable.