How's that New Year's Weight Loss Resolution Going?

Are you about to give up on your weight loss resolution after just two months? Did you burn any fat in January or February? That's my question (not weight loss) for you two months into the New Year. If not, then you need to revise your exercise and/or nutrition plan.


I don't care if you haven't lost much weight yet. By now, your body fat percentage should have decreased by 5% to 10%. Lost inches and smaller body measurements will tell you that your body is shrinking and your program is working.

Here are 3 Tips to Keep your Weight Loss Resolutions for Good:

1. Don't place emphasis on weight loss instead of fat loss. Losing weight the healthy way is the only way. Health is more important than weight loss. Don't lose your health and self respect trying quick weight loss tactics.

Your goal should be to burn fat. Losing huge amounts of weight can be gained back quickly if you don't build muscle mass. Build muscle, burn fat, speed up your metabolism and lose weight (and keep it off).

Make the needed changes to your exercise program. Measure your body fat once a week to see if what you are doing is working.

If you hate your workout program, you will stop doing it at some point. If you love your workout program but have no perseverance when it comes to changing your body, you will find a reason to quit. You need both perseverance and enjoyment of exercise to reach your goals (and keep working to improve even more).

I find exercises and workouts that I enjoy. There are tons of exercises to choose from. Why do something you hate? I have never stopped doing something that I enjoy.

Do you hate 60-minute cardio sessions? Stop doing them. Twenty minute interval cardio sessions are more effective for fat burning anyway. Just look at all the types of cardio you can do: running, bodyweight cardio, jumping, power walking, biking, etc. Find some types of cardio that you enjoy and do those. You will be more successful.

The same rule applies to weight training exercises. On the days you don't "feel like exercising," you are more likely to do exercises you enjoy.

When it comes to exercise, research has proven that you are more likely to stay with your exercise program if you enjoy it. But, no matter how much you enjoy exercise, you still need perseverance to "keep it going."

Its the "bulldog mentality" that nothing is going to keep me from reaching my fitness goals. When you have those "bad days," its determination that will pull you through. A great combination to stay consistent with your exercise program---enjoyment and determination! Mix in a well-designed exercise and nutrition program and you will succeed.

2. Get help with your meal plan. Get your nutrition mainly from whole, natural foods. Add in supplements like multivitamins and fish oil to support your meal plan and improve your health. Makers of weight loss pills, fat burn supplements and quick weight loss plans continue to get rich because people keep buying the products that don't work long-term.

You will have to change your eating patterns. You will eat more nutritious food and you will eat every 3-4 hours to maintain your energy. You may actually be eating more food but fewer calories. You will eat enough to start building muscle and burning fat.

3. Get enough rest. If you don't sleep enough, your body won't function as well as it could. Your metabolism will not work properly and you will be fighting against your body. That means about 7-8 hours of sleep every night for most people.

If you need a kickstart to help you "get it going" again, see below:

Do you want to:
  • Eat Better to be Healthier, Burn More Fat and Lose Permanent Weight?
  • Have Your BEST Looking Body Naked or in Smaller-Sized Clothes?
  • Feel Better than You have Felt in Months or Years?
  • Have the Energy to Accomplish Your Daily Goals?

Be sure and register for my FREE 3-Step Fix-Your-Diet-Now Plan

I will coach you to transform your body and its definitely not just about weight loss.  You will learn what it takes to change your eating habits and lifestyle and start remaking your body a healthy, energized and lean fat-burning machine!

Mark Dilworth, BA, PES

Comments

  1. Great tips there! Thank you Mark! That's so true about the importance of determination. Exercising should be an enjoyable activity, but you need to keep it going even during those "bad days"! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks Lorna! How's your workouts going?

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