Did you know that it’s mid-February? That’s right! We’re just over six weeks into the New Year and I want to know how your New Year Resolution weight loss goals are going?
If you are sticking to your plan, that’s awesome! But, if you are having some challenges with your goals and the target weight that you set for yourself, you may want to reassess your goals. Make sure that they are realistic so that you don’t give up too soon. In addition to that, consider the idea of keeping track of your progress and creating a detailed plan on how you will reach your weight loss goal.
Below you will find five tips on how to achieve your weight loss goals without starving or entering a dangerous yo-yo diet. Trust me. I know all about yo-yo diets, and they are not good for you!
#1. Consult with Your Doctor
Setting your own weight loss goals is great, but you need to know if your body is ready, therefore before you start any type of new exercise routine, especially after years of inactivity, it’s a smart choice to consult with your doctor.
In addition to consulting with your doctor and beginning a new meal plan, you need to speak to a nutritionist to find out whether or not you will need additional supplements for your body.
While many supplements are found in the natural foods that you eat, not all are and supplements are sometimes needed.
#2. Start Slow
We all want immediate results, but, the truth is – you will need to start slow.
For example, if you haven’t jogged for years, you cannot expect your body to be ready for the next marathon. It’s important to gradually build up your exercise. Also, if you have suffered from an injury in the past few years, be mindful that you need to be gentle with your body and try a lighter exercise to see how you cope.
As a rule of thumb, start with a 10-minute cardio exercise twice per week; as you feel comfortable – increase the length and frequency of the exercise.
#3. Build Strength
While the goal is to lose weight, don’t forget that you also want to build your strength, as well. While on your weight loss journey, it is likely that your legs and arms will become exhausted, so address the issues early to avoid injuries. Make sure that you can support your own weight and that your back muscles are strong enough to hold you in the correct positions.
#4. Get Help
Unless you are a trained dietitian or fitness trainer, it is wise to seek help and advice from professionals. One way to approach this is to have a fitness consultation or assessment completed when you visit your local fitness center. Oftentimes, a free consultation or assessment is included with your fitness center or gym membership.
By taking advantage of the complimentary consultation, you will know exactly what your body is capable of. However, if you have a medical condition that prevents you from dieting or exercising regularly; don’t give up hope. You can always seek a private clinic to give you a boost through weight loss surgery.
#5. Change Your Plan When It Doesn’t Work
There is no point in sticking to a plan that doesn’t deliver results, especially if you have been consistent. For example, if it’s too strenuous for you and you get injured, or see no benefits from the exercise or diet plan, chances are that plan it is not for you. Not all weight loss plans work for everyone in the same way.
“If the Plan Doesn’t Work, Change the Plan But Never The Goal”
We are still in the beginning months of the New Year and have plenty of time to create a weight loss plan that will work for our individual weight loss goals and body types. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind the above mentioned five tips to achieve your weight loss goals which include starting slow, building strength, setting realistic goals, changing when necessary, and always consulting with a professional.
This is a collaborative post.