Women it is time to get fit and fit into those clothes we secretly have hiding in our closet knowing one day we’ll be able to fit into them again. You will be able to accomplish that goal with the right diet and work out plan. You will be on your way to physical wellness in no time if you have the drive and passion to do so. Your inner confidence will keep you on the track to achieving your goals not just with being fit, but anything that you set your mind to which means avoiding failure. (Image by Edson Hong via Flickr)
No one sets out to change with a plan to fail, but if you make your expectations and time frame too ambitious, that could be the ultimate effect. “Behavior change takes time. Moving toward a healthier lifestyle is all about replacing old habits with new, healthy habits. Focusing on too many changes at one time is likely to lead to failure,” says Heather Mangieri, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, the owner and nutrition consultant for Nutrition CheckUp, LLC. She’s also spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Instead, focus in on one change at a time, no matter how tiny.
“When we focus on small changes, one at a time, they are much more likely to stick. Over time, all of the small changes lead us to a healthier life. It’s important to remember that living a healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination,” says Mangieri.
Making a dent in your weight
When researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab launched the National Mindless Eating Challenge (NMEC), they found that if participants kept to their little eating changes for at least 25 days in a month, then they saw their weight decline. “Of the 504 participants who completed at least one follow-up survey, more than two thirds (42 percent) either lost weight or maintained their weight (27 percent). Weight loss was highest among people who made changes consistently,” reports Medical News Today. The study was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
What’s your change?
Ready to make small changes to work toward your goals? Try these:
- Drink two glasses of water as soon as you wake up.
- Trade one of your usual junk food snacks for fruit or veggies.
- Skip soda. Drink water instead.
- Indulge — in moderation.
- Eat off of smaller plates.
- Start your dinner with a salad.
- Don’t eat after a certain time of day or evening.
Getting fit and losing weight is not an easy challenge, but if you really want it, it is capable. The number one thing to remember is to not be your own worst enemy, you have to be your own cheerleader and cheer yourself all the way to the end.
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