Welcome to part two of our two-part blog on diet tips that will help you stay on track this New Year!
Be goal-oriented. Having a goal written out will hold you accountable to what you are trying to achieve. If you have a vague goal, you are less likely to stick to it. If it helps, make smaller goals that will eventually help you to achieve the one main goal.
Be uncomfortable. Expect some discomfort; you’re leaving your comfort zone of all old habits and the change is likely to be uncomfortable. Making peace with that will make it easier when you experience the discomfort.
Schedule a cheat day then turn it around. Have your cheat day set for some time in the future; whether it is the last Friday of the month or every Friday. Having the day set aside will help you to avoid temptations by knowing that you can soon eat something delicious! It takes a significant amount of calories eaten to gain a pound of body fat so it’s about what you do the day after your cheat day, and the day after that. So be sure to whittle away at those extra calories over the next day or two, preferably by boosting exercise rather than eating too little; starvation is not the healthy answer!
Take notes. Keeping a journal of when you’re working out and what exercises your doing can help you stay on track. Laying out your workout plan week by week not only keeps your routine the same but it prepares your mind for what your body has next.
Use your arms. When you are working out make sure that you are getting your arms moving instead of just your legs. It will not only help tone up your arms but it will increase your calorie burning as well.
Never shop hungry. Going to the grocery store when you’re hungry not only adds dollars to your bill but will also add pounds to your waistline. Limit your grocery shopping to after you’ve eaten and bring a list with you to ensure you are only getting what you need.
Fill up on fibre and protein. In addition to filling up on vegetables, add some fibre and protein to your diet to ensure that you are staying full throughout the day.
Skip the salt. Salt is your enemy when you’re on a diet; skip adding extra to meals and you will begin losing weight in no time.
Use the apple test. If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you aren’t hungry.
Have a carb free afternoon. Not having carbs after lunch tends to be the hardest rule to follow; however, if you can make it so your afternoons are carb-free, you’ll notice the weight coming off in no time.
Walk it off. Take a quick 15-minute walk after lunch to burn a fast 100 calories. Don’t want to go alone? See if someone from the office wants to come with you!
Find a fitness friend. Having a work out buddy is huge for staying motivated; if you are being held accountable for working out, you are less likely to put it off, especially if you have someone who knows what your goals are.
Stock up on nuts. Nuts provide fibre and protein and are an easy snack that will help to keep you full between meals. Pack them in your lunch in 100 calorie bags to ensure you don’t indulge.
Have you made it your New Year’s Resolution to lose a few pounds that you may have put on over the holidays? Here are some easy diet tips to help you stay on track!
Don’t skip breakfast. Making sure that you eat breakfast is the number one place to start with your diet as it energizes you and will guarantee that you are full enough to make it to lunch without snacking.
Eat small portions throughout the day. Eating smaller portions multiple times throughout the day increases the amount of calorie burned, and it also ensures that you remain full between your main meals. Eating healthy snacks throughout the day helps you to resist temptations.
Keep the burn going. When you are working out, make sure that you don’t rest for more than thirty seconds between exercises. Keeping the burn going will actually increase the amount that you burn throughout your workout.
Avoid late night snacks. Always try to avoid eating three hours before bedtime; your metabolism slows down when you sleep so you shift from fat-burning to fat-storage.
Don’t forget the dumbbells. Increase the strength component of your workout; adding lean muscle to your body not only tones, but also increases your metabolism.
Don’t give into cravings. Make sure that you ask yourself whether or not you are actually hungry before giving into cravings. There is no point in eating if you aren’t actually hungry; this tends to lead to over-eating because you are eating out of boredom.
Get enough sleep. Get six to eight hours of sleep a night; without it, the appetite hormone ghrelin increases, which could result in weight gain.
Make your own lunch. Research has found that if you make and bring your own lunch to work, you will look 5 pounds more on average than those who eat out once a week.
Start with your greens. One of the very first things you should do when beginning to lose weight is load up on greens. Always begin your meals with your vegetables in order to ensure that you eat the most of them and ultimately eat fewer calories throughout your meal.
Use methods that are proven to work. If you stick with diet tips that have been proven to work in the past it will be shown that you are more likely to reach your goals. Looking at statistics from people who have lost 60+ pounds and kept it off it was found that 75% weigh themselves once a week, 78% are breakfast eaters and 62% watch less than 20 hours a week of television.
Say hello to H20. Drinking cold water not only increases your metabolism but it also helps to flush your body of toxins. Drink up to eight glasses a day for maximum results.
Police your portions. Instead of adding another spoonful here, or one extra piece of meat there, make sure you are sticking to portion guides laid out by Canada’s Food Guide.
Weigh at the same time every day. Given that your weight can fluctuate depending on what time of the day you weigh yourself, it’s best to stick to one time, whether you are weighing daily or weekly.
Pick the perfect tunes. Having the perfect playlist can help you enjoy your workout more; so make one with lots of upbeat tempos and catchy lyrics to aid you with your workout goals!