10 Keys To A Successful New Years Resolution For
Weight Loss & Fitness!
Copyright 2004 By Greg Landry, M.S.
all the celebrating of the holiday season is over,
60% of American adults will resolve to "lose
weight and get in shape" for the new year!
After years of helping people reach their weight
loss goals, I've put together 10 keys to help make
your New Year's resolution for weight loss and fitness
a successful one!
Do some type of aerobic exercise (walking, jogging,
swimming, stationary cycling, aerobic dancing, etc.)
on a DAILY basis... preferably in the morning! (see
article... mailto:Morning@Landry.com ) Try to average
30 to 60 minutes per day. However, if some days
you can only do 15 minutes, that's still a lot better
than doing nothing! Forget this twice-a-week stuff!
Our bodies were designed to be active on a daily
basis! When we are, our metabolism is super-charged
and it also puts us in a "healthy" frame
of mind. People who have exercised in the morning
make better food choices during the day.
Tone your muscles with weight training three days
per week. Toned muscles really boost your metabolism
and cause you to burn more calories 24 hours a day
even while you're sleeping you'll be burning more
calories! Toned muscles look good too!
Always eat breakfast! Skipping breakfast sends a
message to your body that you're "starving"
because you haven't had food in 18+ hours. As a
protective mechanism, your metabolism slows down
and your body begins to burn your muscle as fuel.
Avoid fad diets! For healthy, permanent weight loss,
develop an active lifestyle and concentrate on eating
carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole
grains, and limit the amount of fat you consume.
Eat earlier in the day! Research has demonstrated
that you can lose weight simply by eating a substantial
breakfast and lunch, and a light dinner. Dinner
should be eaten as early as possible, preferably
at least four hours before bedtime.
Don't eat less than 1200 calories per day! Less
than 1200 is usually not enough to support your
basal metabolism and thus will slow your metabolism.
Look for situations to be active. Park as far from
the store as you can rather than looking for the
closest parking spot. Use the stairs rather than
the elevator, a rake rather than a blower, etc.
Look for the "difficult" way to do things
way the requires the most effort!
Avoid alcohol! I call alcohol the "triple whammy"!
It depresses your metabolism, stimulates your appetite
and it's loaded with calories!
Drink 60+ ounces of water a day. Your body needs
plenty water to function properly... especially
during weight loss. Water can also help you to feel
full. Carry a bottle of water with you and drink
frequently throughout the day.
Avoid the "3 P's"....weight loss pills,
powders, and potions! There are NO quick fixes!
Author and exercise physiologist, Greg Landry, offers
free weight loss and fitness success stories, articles,
programs, and his "Fast & Healthy Weight
Loss" newsletter at his site: http://www.Landry.com
2004 by Greg Landry, M.S