Sunday, January 1, 2012

Healthy Weight Loss for the New Year!

Put everything you’ve ever heard about weight loss behind. This year, you should have a new outlook on weight management and weight loss. Most weight loss resolutions fail because they lack thoughtful plans and preparations, which are necessary to change habits and behavior. Permanent weight loss requires changes in eating behavior and in physical activity. Bad habits must be broken and good habits have to be formed. There are no shortcuts.

Here are several tips to keeping your weight loss resolution for the New Year:

Be Active Every Day…
1. Have fun by doing it your way!
-Find activities that you enjoy whether it is dancing, swimming, hiking, biking, etc….

2. Start small, increase your activity over time
-Begin by taking a 10 minute walk then increase the pace and time you spend walking every day.

3. Do it with others
-Find an exercise buddy.
-Join a gym or fitness class.
-Exercise with your family
-Eat a balanced diet…
-Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk products
-Limit your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars

4. Set realistic, motivating goals.

-A safe rate of weight loss over time is one to two pounds a week. Make sure your weight loss goal is not too ambitious or unsafe.Select a start date when you will be ready to commit to your action plan.
-Track your progress as you go.

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