New Year Is Here – Time For Your Weight Loss Resolutions

It’s that time of year again, when we all start to concentrate on the year ahead. For many of us these plans will include some sort of weight loss regime, especially after the excesses of the Festive Season. But how many of us have gone and bought the exercise equipment, just for it to gather dust in the corner, or leave those new trainers in their box under the bed?

Unfortunately , New Year’s resolutions are all to easily made – and all too easily broken. But, you know, it doesn’t have to be that way, for by following just a few simple pieces of advice you are much more likely to stick to your plans and achieve your weight loss goals in the coming year ahead.

The first tip, and I believe my best one, is not to have a weight loss resolution at all! Yes, that’s right, don’t make any New Year’s resolutions for your weight loss plans. You see, diet and exercise should be an integral part of your daily life in any case. It should not be something that you need to consciously think about, although that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a solid plan to follow.

You need to avoid faddy diets and workout regimes and just realise one simple fact – you need to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight. That’s it. No fluff, no filler, just that simple realisation.

Of course, I’m being deliberately facile here, for we all know that there is a lot more to successful weight loss than just this. In reality it takes a lot of will power and motivation to start with your weight loss regime and, more importantly, to keep it going.

I would recommend that, if you can afford it, you join a gym as soon as possible. Most gyms are not particularly expensive these days, and are certainly cheaper than buying the equipment to use (or not) in your own home. If money is a problem then join a gym that accepts monthly payments if possible. Joining a Gym is great for motivation as not only are you motivated to go in order to get your money’s worth, but they help to foster a competitive attitude with your fellow members. Many gyms actually run mini-competitions throughout the year to help keep their members motivated.

When it comes to diet, it’s also a good idea to follow some sort of formal fitness program. Of course, as I said, fad diets come and go, and I personally would avoid just buying a book and waiting for the weight to fall off. Joining a diet group or organisation is usually the best way to see quick results. Not only are their programs tailored to your individual needs rather than generating some cash for a celebrity, but, as with the gym membership, you can get a great deal of motivation and encouragement from your fellow dieters. They are also a great way to meet new people and, believe it or not, have fun as well.

Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, of course, it needs to be achievable. Set yourself goals that you can reach and this will spur you on to greater success. At the same time don’t become obsessive about things, life changes for everyone and unforeseen events do happen, so learn to adapt your plans. Whatever you do, make it fun and your chances of success will be vastly increased.

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