8 Ways to Keep Your Weight
Loss Resolutions By Debra Pivko
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Each year, so many of us make New Year's
resolutions to lose weight and get healthy. But you don't have to wait until
January. There's no excuse not to get in healthy mode now to look and feel
better. Wanting to lose weight is a start. But it's better to break this
daunting task down into achievable behaviors that get the job done. Even if you
can't leave your house to work out or dine out, you can still set yourself up
for weight loss success by following these 8 simple tips.
- Start each
morning with something healthy. By starting off
your day with a healthy breakfast, you're already ahead of the game each day.
Pick out a cereal high in protein and fiber and low in calories and sugar such
as Kashi® Go
Crunch. This will keep you full on few calories so you don't eat the wrong
foods at lunch. It's an easy way to start the day off healthy without the
guesswork and get closer to your weight loss goals each day. Plus, if you take
a daily vitamin such as
Multivitamins with your breakfast, you know you'll ensure you get the
nutrients you need each day to fuel your body and your workouts without even
thinking about it.
- Look before
you eat. Ordering in takeout or even visiting
fast food restaurants doesn't mean you have to pack on the pounds. Look up the
calorie count of meals at your favorite restaurants, and pick one that's under
500 calories. Check out dietfacts.com to look up the calorie count of foods at
popular restaurants. You can even take a look at the nutrition guides that come
with the Beachbody® workout
programs, as many of them include fast food guides to help you make healthy
choices when in a rush or on a budget.
your snacks. I don't know about you but if I have
a bag of Pirate's Booty® or even chips
with me in front of the TV, I'll chow through the whole thing by the end of the
show. It's important not only to stock your house with healthy snacks but also
to preportion them out into baggies when you buy them, so you stick to eating
one serving whether you're in front of the TV or at work. Most foods are
healthy in moderation, but overeating can make the pounds creep up. You can
also prepare healthy foods such as sliced-up cucumbers or red peppers to munch
on or dip in balsamic vinegar. You're more likely to reach for
those—since they are ready—rather than high-calorie, easy-access
foods, like chips or a quick frozen quesadilla or egg roll.
bars are a convenient preportioned meal replacement or snack to keep with
you on the go.
health-consciously. Hanging out doesn't have to
mean eating out. Instead of going out for dinner or drinks to catch up with
friends, go on a hike or walk to catch up. It's a great way to get a workout in
while catching up with friendly conversation. Plus, you save money and
calories. Or host a health-conscious potluck, where everyone makes his or her
favorite healthy treat and prints out the recipes so you get an arsenal of
healthy treats to make in the future and enjoy. If you're feeling daring, try
hosting an activity party where you pop in a Beachbody workout, play Nintendo
Wii®, or go
ice skating so you know you'll burn off those extra calories.
- Top your foods
on the down-low. Of calories, that is. The
calories in creamy sauces and dressings can really add up. Stock up on low- to
no-calorie toppings like pico de gallo, hot sauce, mustard, pepper,
1-calorie-a-spray salad dressings from your local market, and even parmesan
cheese in moderation. You'll be surprised at how quickly the weight will come
off without sacrificing taste.
- Commit to
workout times. Whether you're doing Tony Horton's
10-Minute Trainer® or an hour
of P90X, make sure to set the
times in your schedule to work out and stick to them. Plan other obligations
around those times. Working out is important to your health and your life, and
making it and yourself a priority will not only help you meet your weight loss
goals but help you live a better life. Use a calendar from the workout programs
or set up a time to work out with a friend—whatever it takes. I like to
set the time in my phone calendar so an alarm beeps and says "Time for
Slim in 6® Ramp It
Up." If that is my workout planned for that day and if I'm not doing it, I'm
not gonna get slim in 6 weeks. It's my choice. You can even sign up for
Beachbody's WOWY Supergym® for free, where
you can log in your workouts and get support from hundreds of people cheering
each other on.
- Lay out your
workout clothes the night before. This can make a
big difference not only in saving time but also making sure you commit to
actually doing the workout. I like to get my workout clothes ready the night
before for motivation but also so I can snooze through the extra time before
working out. If you don't work out at home, then pack your gym bag the day
before and always have it ready in your car or at work, so there's no excuse
not to work out. My favorite new workout here is
Brazil Butt Lift®.
Leandro Carvalho (known as the "Brazilian Butt Master") created such a
fantastic workout, with booty-sculpting moves, cardio, and Brazilian dance
beats, that I don't mind waking up a bit early to do it before work and
starting my day with some fun.
the healthiest meal of the day. Replacing one
meal a day, even a snack, with
Shakeology® is the
simplest way to lose weight and get the nutrients you need for optimal health.
By targeting nutrition, fullness, digestion, and detoxification, Shakeology
provides a multifaceted approach to help you keep full, shed fat, reduce food
cravings, improve digestion, lower cholesterol, and have more natural
energy—all through a delicious 140-calorie shake. I've been drinking it
every day as an afternoon snack or after working out. Everyone at work makes
them a little differently to craft their favorite concoctions. Some of us use
water; others use milk, or even add a teaspoon of peanut butter or mint.
It's truly the little changes you make every
day that add up to weight loss. And we're here to help. If you set yourself up
for success with actionable steps, you will succeed! Best of luck and health on
your weight loss journey this year and always.