Do you have a fitness or weight-loss resolution for the new year? For approximately 45% of Americans, weight loss tops the list of their new year resolutions. At Advanced Nutrition Systems, we know that when it comes to weight loss goals, our weight loss supplements and weight management supplements are maximized when paired with a regular workout schedule, healthy diet, less alcohol consumption and proper rest.
To help you accomplish your weight loss goals for the new year, we put together these quick and easy starter tips. Remember, every goal begins with a baseline (where you are today) and plan to achieve your desired results.
Learn your Body Mass Index (BMI) - The very first step in any weight loss plan is to measure your BMI. To find your BMI, divide your weight by your height. Depending on your BMI score,, you can determine how much weight you need to lose to be in the normal range for your height, keeping in mind the fat fighting value of adding new muscle weight.
Set Realistic Goals – Create short and long term goals to keep you on track and feeling successful. For instance, if you want to lose 30lbs, set a short term goal to cut 250-500 empty calories a day. Rather than obsessing on the 30lbs you need to lose, focus on the little changes you can make every day. Take the stairs at work, skip the high-calorie coffee drink, change up your workout so you don’t get bored. Add vitamins and supplements to your daily intake. Slow and steady wins the race every time.
Plan Your Meals - Instead of eating three big meals a day, eat four small meals at regular intervals. Another mistake that people make is skipping breakfast. Research shows that people who skip breakfast eat more throughout the day. Plan your meals ahead of time so you have greater control over what you eat. Without a plan, you’re much more likely break your diet. Fatty food is always convenient when you are hungry.
Watch Your Portion Size - With more frequent meals comes smaller portions. Half of your meal should consist of vegetables, one fourth carbohydrates and the other fourth of protein. After you eat you should feel satisfied, not stuffed - and don’t forget to drink lots of water.
Avoid Eating Out - We tend to consume bigger portions of higher calorie foods when we eat out. If you have to eat out, select appetizer portions, avoid fried foods, and skip the dessert. You’ll love yourself for it in the morning.
Do more than “join a gym” - Joining a gym is just the first step. Always pair this step with something that ensures you will keep up your fitness routine. The more social you can make it, the better. Sign up for a fitness class with some friends, join a biking club, register for a marathon. Keep your fitness fun or you’re likely to quit and get discouraged.
Whatever you do, don’t give up on your New Year’s weight management plan even if you falter. Changing your lifestyle takes time, but the lasting benefits are well worth it. Happy New Year from Advanced Nutrition Systems!