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6 Surprising Ways To Lose Weight in 2017

6 Surprising Ways To Lose Weight in 2017

While many people look to their New Year’s Resolutions to help them lose weight, these resolutions are often forgotten by the time the glitter is swept off the bar floor. While there are tried and true ways to get healthier, the goal of rapid weight loss is really just a recipe for poor health as we cut corners and restrict calories without boosting our metabolism or building muscle that can sustain healthier frames.

But these weight loss tricks I’m listing below will help you get to a healthier you in a sustainable way so that you can be a calmer, healthier, happier you, and stay that way. Let me know what works for you!

Build up your activity level

What do you do right now? If you, like many Americans, work at a desk, you probably spend a large portion of your day being sedentary. Fitting in any activity will help you begin to build a healthier body and a happier you.

Fitness trackers can be a great way of seeing how much activity you’re getting now, and gradually increasing your goals. This will help you build exercise into your day more gradually to avoid injury. If you just try to add 5000 steps to your day at once, you can get discouraged or hurt yourself!

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Limit alcohol and soda

When your energy starts to flag in the early afternoon, what do you do? Many people grab a soda from the vending machine to give themselves a pick-me-up. When you go out with coworkers, a bar is a popular choice to spend some time and unwind.

Both of these choices add substantial calories to your diet, and they’re what nutritionists like to call “empty” calories: they don’t add any nutrition to your body, they’re just calories. And they’re the kind of calories that like to turn directly to fat unless they’re immediately used up.

So if you’re looking for a quick weight loss option, cutting out alcohol and soda are almost guaranteed to drop a few pounds. Doing this will have you looking better, feeling well rested, and less bloated.

Sneak workouts into your work day

When you have a ten-minute break, what do you do? Check Facebook and Twitter, log on to Instagram, and catch up on your email? Instead, consider doing a quick workout at your desk. The Internet is jam-packed with quick 10 minute workouts you can do at your desk.

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There are also under-desk items that act like steppers or stationary bikes to help you burn calories on conference calls and during meetings. This can also help you stay mentally fresh by keeping your brain engaged.

Target trouble areas

There are certain areas of our bodies that, once changed, are very difficult to change back. If you have stubborn belly fat or loose skin in various areas, even once you’ve lost weight, repairing your body is quite difficult. Fortunately, it’s not a post-apocalyptic dystopia yet, and we’re definitely not ready to give up.

The good news is that modern science is rapidly developing less invasive ways to repair and resculpt your body for the better. Coolsculpting is just one example, which is rapidly gaining popularity in fitness circles.

Stay away from “low-cal” treats

There are a large number of junk food options that are sold as low-calorie, which may make them sound like they’re good for you. Remember that low-calorie isn’t the same as nutritionally dense. You’re better off replacing your salty and sweet snacks with items like crackers and peanut butter, fruit with dip, or veggies with hummus.

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Start by replacing one snack a day. If you try to change your entire diet at once, you can get overwhelmed and frustrated.

Make sure to build muscle

One way that modern diet suggestions fail Americans is that they focus on restricting calories while neglecting to point out that if you don’t build muscle, there is absolutely no way to maintain your metabolism. In some cases, trainers recommend increasing calories while their clients work to lose weight. You need enough energy to do the work that builds muscle so that you can get healthier.

This is why even a single session with a personal trainer can be incredibly useful. Understanding what you, personally, need to do to change your body is beneficial.

Whatever you decide to do to get healthier in 2017, consider the impact. Weigh the pros and cons and proceed carefully. You only get one body in your life, and the one you have deserves to be taken care of.

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By using nutrition, exercise, and modern science, you can have a beautiful, healthy, strong body that will carry you through all of your days.

What are you planning to do to get healthier in 2017?

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10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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