Love to eat but hate to exercise? We can all relate. To succeed with weight loss, however, you need to want to lose weight and be active more than you want to eat and be sedentary.
Without enough positive motivation for health or aesthetic reasons, sustaining efforts towards losing weight is a lost cause. Here are five tips to keeps you motivated and losing weight in a healthy manner through the New Year.
Find your passion
Some people begin with a class at a gym and learn that they love zumba or spinning. This becomes enough to keep their activity levels high enough to lose weight. Not sure what will motivate you? Try a one-month trial at your local gym and see what you might enjoy. Working out in a group setting sometimes helps motivate and makes it more fun.
Eat outside the bun
Altering the types of food you consume will allow you to still enjoy meals, but consume fewer calories. A great place to start is cut out starches, such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. The amount of sugar in these foods rival most desserts. If you begin treating bread like chocolate cake, you might think twice about a second portion.
Change up your lifestyle
Stop looking at diet and exercise as quick fixes and instead view them as an overall lifestyle change to embrace a healthier outlook. This new view on life provides an enduring motivation for your efforts. As you begin to feel lighter on your feet, and reach progressively more significant results with your exercise, it creates positive momentum to continue with your efforts.
Talk to your doctor
Even despite careful diet and moderate exercise, you might still have difficulty with losing weight. Contact your physician as underlying medical disorders may be to blame, such as hypothyroidism. With proper medical treatment, this roadblock can be addressed.
Target your fat
Many people begin the process of successful weight loss with diet and exercise but become disappointed when they can’t target some of their difficult “problem’ areas of fat. Thighs, butt or belly, the challenge is the same – how to direct the body to burn fat and not muscle mass.
Everyone has different genetic predisposition for fat breakdown. Some people have a very difficult time with burning fat. For exercise, low intensity exercise will burn fat and high intensity will burn muscle. The challenge is to get into the right zone where the intensity is high enough to maximize calorie loss, but low enough to be burning fat. Ideally, a product like Fuelstrip can help to precisely predict the intensity adjustment needed to keep you in your fat burn zone.