Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year's Weight Loss Tricks

Are you determined to meet your weight loss goals this year? it's time to put into action your new year's resolution ( If healthier habits and weight loss are among your new year's resolutions). The hard part is actually sticking to it and making real changes! Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

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# Write your goals down

If you want to truly do something, write it down. Journals, food diaries and to-do lists are extremely important to your weight loss plan. Brainstorm all of your goals onto one piece of paper and then rewrite each one as a contract with yourself. Put your contract somewhere that will keep you reminded of the promise you have made. The fridge is a great place since this is the main area which will make or break your resolution. Refer to your contract daily to remind yourself of your long-term goal.

# Stand your ground

Burning extra calories can be as simple and effortless as standing up more often. Standing can account for up to 50 percent of the energy we expend daily. Get up from your desk more often during the day or choose to stand while taking public transit or talking on the phone.

# Eat green

Boost your immune system and nutrient intake by increasing your consumption of green, leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach. Green veggies are so minimal in calories that your body burns many of the calories off during digestion.

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# Control your appetite

Smaller plates - a simple visual weight loss tool - can help you feel satisfied with less food. An easy swap is to use salad plates instead of dinner plates and cereal bowls instead of salad bowls.

# Snack smart

Make a habit of keeping a few healthy "emergency snacks" such as nuts and dried fruit in your bag or purse. Portioning these snacks out at home will also help you know exactly how much you're eating throughout the day.

# Muscle-building multitasking

The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. If you're not raring to hit the weights right away, try building muscle as you do other everyday activities. For example, do calf raises while washing the dishes, squats while brushing your teeth or arm curls with groceries while waiting for a taxi or walking through the parking lot.

# Social exercise

New year's weight lossExpert recommends 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day, but that doesn't all need to happen at the gym. In the new year, make dates and social gatherings active, such as ice skating, hiking, skiing and dancing with friends.

# Guzzle often

You can often mistake dehydration for hunger. Keeping your body hydrated with at least two liters of liquids a day will keep more of those snacking urges at bay. You don't have to limit yourself to water, low-calorie alternatives include herbal teas and sparkling water with lime, as well as fruits and vegetables high in water content.

By incorporating the important tips above, you will have a better road map to succeed with your new year's weight loss resolution!

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