Weight loss resolutions that don’t last long!
It is that time of the year when most people make New Year’s resolutions. However, weight loss related resolutions are often broken by February! This is because people set unrealistic goals. Have a look at weight loss resolutions that are most often left abandoned and how to modify them so that they work.
Weight Loss Resolutions Which Get Easily Broken
Resolution 1: I want to lose 10 kilos!
It is a pretty lofty resolution. To lose 10 kilos you need a long-term goal but unfortunately people fall off track after a short while.
Modified resolution: Lose half a kilo a week
Instead of looking at the big picture of losing 10 kilos in one go, try to focus on losing half a kilo a week. Plan your exercise and diet accordingly. Choose healthy foods and workout for 30 minutes each day.
Resolution 2: I am going to try the xyz diet
Replace the xyz diet with a fad diet and get ready for disaster! Fad diets cut important food groups such as fruits, meats and grains. This is very unhealthy.
Modified resolution: Eat veggies and lean protein at every meal
You should go in for a well-balanced diet plan that has lots of fruits and veggies and lean meats. There should also be sweet treats occasionally. This will ensure long term weight loss.
Resolution 3: I am not eating at restaurants hereafter
Avoiding friends for the sake of diet is not a good idea. Be a sport and go ahead instead.
Modified resolution: Order right at restaurants
Before you head out have an apple or 10 almonds so that you don’t arrive famished at the restaurant. Choose a healthy salad, a light appetizer while ordering and give the bread basket a miss.
Resolution 4: I am doing a juice cleanse
After bingeing, going on a detox seems like a good idea but this all or nothing approach to weight loss is a total failure.
Modified resolution: Try doing a mini-cleanse
You can do a 2 day juice cleanse of 1,200 calories. For breakfast and lunch, have a fresh vegetable juice or protein shake. Eat a dinner of whole grains, lean protein like fish and chicken along with veggies.
Resolution 5: I am turning vegetarian
Losing weight just requires you to burn more calories than you consume but cutting out meat is not needed for that.
Modified resolution: Reduce meat consumption
Lean animal proteins should not be more than a quarter of your plate for every meal of yours. Fill the rest of your plate with veggies, whole grains and fruits. You can also go in for veg protein sources instead of meat.
Resolution 6: I am going to check my weight each morning
Checking your weight daily is not the right way to gauge your weight loss progress. If you are doing strength training you might actually gain weight due to an increase in muscle mass in spite of a loss in fat and inches.
Modified resolution: Check weight loss in inches
When your pants get loose with the passing days you will know that you are slimming down.
Resolution 7: I will not eat after 9 pm
There is no hard and fast rule as to when you should stop eating. The body stores the calories that are not used for energy irrespective of the time when they are consumed.
Modified resolution: Sleep for at least 7 hours every night
People who are sleep deprived tend to consume more calories than those who get a good night’s sleep. So, focus on sleeping well at night.
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