Looking to lose weight for your New Year’s Resolution?
Like many of you, you’ve decided that losing weight is going to be your priority in 2019. Getting healthy should be your priority all the time but I digress. If you’re looking to lose weight and get healthy, there are a few tips to help make sure you’re not only doing it in a healthy way, but also so you can actually keep the weight off in the long run:
- Can I do this diet in the long term?
If you pick a diet that says “30 day weight loss challenge” and the criteria is something that you know you’re going to ditch immediately after 30 days, DON’T DO IT. The point of getting healthy is to stay healthy. Learn the right habits and you’ll be able to maintain your goal weight.
- Am I losing weight too fast?
If you’re losing weight rapidly, this is not the best way to go about it. Instant results do not mean it’s healthy nor does it mean that the weight is going to stay off. Typically, 1-2lbs a week is the best way to go. Any more than that, and you risk losing muscle. (Remember, the more muscle mass, the faster your metabolism is which means the EASIER it is to lose weight) This will also depend on your starting weight. If you have a lot to lose, dropping 5lbs in a week can be okay. If you’re looking to lose less than 50lbs, slow and steady wins the race.
- Make a decision and STICK TO IT!
Probably my number one pet peeve is when people start a diet, barely stick to it, then quit and say that it didn’t work. Losing weight is not and should not be a quick fix. If that were the case, we’d all just snap our fingers and the excess fat would be gone. It will take time to get to know the diet, to get to know your body and to know if it’s responding positively. This also goes hand in hand with number 1. If you know you’re going to ditch the diet after 30 days, don’t start it.
If you are still having trouble making a decision, ask a professional. Whether you are just seeking advice or you need that one on one attention, it’s better to ask for help. You can do a lot of damage if you pick the wrong diet and stick to it for too long. I’m always available to help if you need it!
Your friend in health and fitness,