Why Simple Exercise and Weight Loss Habits Are Better Than Resolutions
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Chances are, one of them is something along the lines of “lose weight”, “eat better”, or “get in shape”.
It’s amazing how many people make these resolutions come the New Year, start the year off strong, then fade off by mid-February. The number of people that actually keep up with their resolutions come spring is surprisingly low.
Let’s get real: New Year’s resolutions are often just a way to comfort yourself!
You feel good by making the resolution, but you rarely end up doing anything about them. That’s why making New Year resolutions is FAR less effective than forming smart diet and exercise habits!
The Mindset of New Year’s Resolutions
According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, something like 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year. It’s estimated that only 8% of those people actually succeed in achieving their goal. The failure rate hovers around 24%!
Do you know what the most common resolution is? That’s right, it’s “Lose Weight”. 38% of resolutions are weight related!
It’s not that New Year’s resolutions are bad, but they’re pretty much ineffective. You have to wait until New Year (the dead of winter) to start getting in shape and losing weight, and there are so many factors against you (end of vacations, New Year’s Day hangovers, extra Christmas weight, weather, etc.). New Year is one of the worst times of year to make these big resolutions!
If your goal is to lose weight over the year, why not start NOW rather than waiting for the New Year to roll around again? Just by forming a few simple diet and exercise habits, you’ll start seeing weight loss IMMEDIATELY. Keeping up those weight loss habits will prove challenging, but it’s worth it!
Weight Loss Habits You Need to Form
Here are the weight loss habits you need to form NOW:
- Do the same workouts
Humans love consistency in their lives! If you do the same workout every week, it will be much easier for your body to fall into a familiar routine. Routines are much easier to keep up!
- Change things up
After a couple of months, change up your workout to prevent yourself from growing bored. Boredom is one of the worst enemies of your weight loss habits, so make it a point to fight ennui at the gym.
- Do it with someone else
Making a commitment to working out with a friend, coworker, or spouse will force you to do the workouts every day. After all, you don’t want to let that person down, do you?
- Do it first
If you want to ensure that you actually work out, do it first thing in the morning. Those who work out first thing in the morning not only have more energy for the rest of the day, but they’re far less likely to break their exercise habit.
- Make it non-negotiable
NOTHING should stop you from hitting the gym (aside from sickness, injury, or legitimate emergency). You shouldn’t allow your personal, professional, or social life interfere with your exercise.
- Incorporate it into your routine
If you work out before picking your kids up from school, it gives you a very clear time to get in your workout every day. Find a way to incorporate your workout into your routine.
- Track your progress
Keep track of your weight loss, your exercise progress, and your daily calorie intake. It will help you be much more careful with what you do!
- Make it a point to walk more
The more you walk, the more calories you burn! Park farther away from the front door, take your dog for a longer walk, or walk to lunch.
- Have family meals
You’re far less likely to overeat when you sit with your family at the table. NEVER sit in front of the TV, and try to avoid eating at your desk as much as possible.
- Snack smart
Add snacks into your day, but make sure that you’re counting those calories. Snacks can help you to eat less throughout the day, and they can even make it easier for you to get more fruits and veggies in.
- Focus on whole and raw foods
It’s time to change your eating habits, so make it a point to eat ONLY whole and raw foods for a few days. Slowly add in proteins, seeds, and grains, but never go back to your old unhealthy eating habits.
- Plan your meals
Make a weekly meal plan, complete with all the food you will eat at every meal and snack. ONLY purchase what you need, and avoid having extra in the fridge or pantry. If there’s nothing to snack on, you won’t snack!
- Make healthy substitutions
Replace dessert with fruit, juices and sodas with water, and sugar foods with sugar-free foods. Go for lower-calorie foods as much as possible, and start making healthier substitutions at every meal.
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast
That means enough calories in protein, fat, and complex carbs (oats, berries, whole grains, and fruit).
- Drink more water
Did you know that drinking more water will help to burn fat as well as stop you from eating too much? Make it a point to drink more water between meals in order to reduce cravings and hunger pangs.
- Allow yourself to indulge carefully
You have certain foods you can’t help loving, as unhealthy as they are. You shouldn’t cut these foods from your life completely, but you should minimize the amount of indulging you do every week.
- Get rid of bad food
Anything you know you shouldn’t be eating, GET RID OF IT! Even if it means your kids go without candy, cookies, marshmallows, or white bread, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Start forming these weight loss habits today, and you’ll have no need for any New Year resolutions!
About the Author
Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.