Stop cutting out carbs; its making you fat:
Eating foods that nourish your body, and aid is muscle development and growth is just as important as sticking to an exercise routine. You can’t have cookies for breakfast, Big Macs for dinner, plop yourself on a cardio machine for an hour, and expect to see results. Eating a box of thin mints won’t make you thin. Your body needs proteins, healthy fats, and yes you do need carbs. Some research has even suggested that carbs can prevent weight gain and aid in weight loss. Whole grains help to reduce total body fat, and lower cholesterol. Foods like oatmeal, or some type of bran cereal before exercise may help burn more fat because they contain slow release carbs. Foods like white toast contains quick release carbs which can spike insulin levels, and trigger the body to store fat. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs, just make sure you’re eating the right carbs. Aim for low-fat dairy products, whole grains, beans, brown rice and vegetables.
Scales do lie:
Stop trying to be skinny, and start trying to be strong. Don’t burn your energy focusing on your current weight, and how different that is from the weight you want to be. Stressing about the amount of pounds you want to lose and the bridge you have to cross to get there can be disheartening, especially if the pounds aren’t melting away as quickly as the most recent snow storm. How much weight can you lift? How far can you walk? Keep track of these numbers, and ignore the scale. These are the numbers that are important. As these numbers increase, so will your endurance, and strength. Keep track of sets, reps and cardio. Every week you should try to increase your duration, speed, incorporate weight lifting, or resistance training. Lastly, take progress pictures. Progress pics are a great way to see how your body is changing, and it is a testament to how hard you are working.
Stop making excuses:
If you have nightmares about your weight when your sleeping, and you can’t stand the way you look when you’re awake then its time to start making better choices. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror then you have to do something about it. So, instead of covering up what you don’t like with an over-sized hoodie, reaching for the half pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the fridge and telling yourself you will start fresh on Monday, START NOW!! Put down the ice cream, and have a little faith in yourself. Everyone has to start somewhere. Tis the season to be jolly, not frumpy. If you don’t know where to start, YouTube it. There are so many how-to videos when it comes to exercise. A total body workout can be done at home in your living room. Also check into your local gyms. Some gyms offer free day passes, and free personal training to new members.
A muffin a day won’t make the muffin top go away:
In order to maintain a healthy weight you have to commit to a healthy life style. Don’t fall victim to a new diet fad, because there is no such thing as a quick fix. You can’t ask Santa for a six-pack, unless its coming from a liquor store. The best way to make your Christmas wish of tight abs come true is to create a routine that allows you to incorporate exercise, and healthy meal choices into your life every day. Carve out time to meal prep. When your meals, and snacks are already planned out you are less likely to be hungry, and reach for the first thing you see. A healthy lunch that may consist of chicken, brown rice and vegetables will sustain your hunger for a much longer period of time than a glazed doughnut, or chocolate chip muffin. A balanced lunch will also provide you with the energy you need to dash through the mall crowds, and score the best deals.
Continue to push yourself:
A new years resolution shouldn’t end mid February. Once you’ve reached your goal don’t quit. Falling back to old habits will lead to falling back into extra-large sweat pants, and over sized t-shirts. Maintain your routine, but don’t deprive yourself. You can be naughty every once in a while, order dessert, and still manage to stay on the nice list. Don’t make a New Year’s resolution, make a lifelong resolution. Try to be good all year, because Santa is watching.
To change your body you have to change your mindset. Ignore the sugar plums dancing in your head, and the voices tell you to quit, and remember beauty is measured in strength, not in numbers.