As we approach the New Year, losing weight and getting healthy will be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. There are so many fad diets out there, it can be a nightmare trying to figure out what to do and how to start. The reality is that some diets may work short term but are not effective long term. The most effective ways to lose weight are eating healthily, controlling your calorie intake and exercising. It’s going to take hard work, so forget about those quick fix diets and follow these tips to kick-start your weight loss regime today!
Start drinking more water
Many of us do not drink enough fluids to keep our bodies hydrated. Water, should be something you drink plenty of each day. Most people are dehydrated and increasing your water intake can help with a number of health issues as well as make you feel refreshed and energized. It’s also wonderful for weight loss as it has no calories and can make you feel full. Choosing water over caffeinated or sugary drinks can reduce your calorie intake and make you look and feel better.
Always eat breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day! To start each day right, it’s essential that you eat a healthy breakfast. It can be tempting to skip this important meal when you’re trying to lose weight but eating in the morning can actually increase your metabolism’s performance. A good sized breakfast can also stop you from overeating later on in the day. If you’re not used to having a big breakfast first thing in the morning, start making an effort with a small bowl of fruit. I eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I mix in chia seeds, cinnamon and protein powder for extra flavor.
Start moving more
After a long, hard day at work, the last thing you probably want to do is go for a run or spend hours at the gym. I have started jogging with my friend every other day before dinner. If you don’t have the time or energy for vigorous exercise try starting out small with a brisk walk or short jog. Just increasing your exercise by 10 minutes per day can really make a difference. It will also reduce your chance of developing health risks and increase your fitness levels.
Manage your calorie intake
No matter what techniques you use to lose weight, it all comes down to reducing your calorie intake. If you eat more calories than you burn during exercise, you’re not going to lose any weight or reach your goals. Take some time to calculate how many calories you intake on an everyday basis. To healthily lose a pound per week, you should be reducing your intake by 500 calories per day. If you exercise as well you may lose more!
To boost your metabolism and help you get motivated, you can replace one meal a day with a nutritional meal replacement option. You can buy these at your local health store or online from Healthy.co.id. There are a ton of vitamins and supplements available. I take a multivitamin, vitamin D supplement, fish oil and protein powder shake every day. Make sure you check with your doctor before taking any new vitamins or supplements.
These four tips should help you kick-start your weight loss regime. It’s going to take hard work and dedication, but eating right and exercising more will ensure you reach your target in a healthy way