Now that 2016 is here, you are probably looking for ways to get back on track after eating and drinking your way through December. Read expert tips below!
You probably gained a few pounds over the holiday season and you also probably have a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Read 6 expert tips on losing those holiday pounds here!
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Amanda Foti, a Nutrition Counselor and Senior Dietitian for Selvera Personalized Weight Management, tells HollywoodLife.com:
“1. Get rid of the leftovers. Whatever sweets and treats you have left get rid of them! Whether it’s giving them away, freezing them or just throwing them out. The last thing we all need it one more cookie.
2. Get a buddy. Having support from a friend, family member, co-worker or working with a dietitian can provide that extra support and accountability to get you going.
3. Set goals that focus on the behavior rather than the outcome. Instead of setting a goal of losing 5 lbs., set 3 small goals that will lead to the weight loss. For example, doing 3 exercise classes every week, bringing your lunch to work every day, and swapping out your evening snack or sweet treat for a cup of herbal tea.”
“4. Determine your ‘value to change.’ Take a moment to sit down and think about the real reasons this change is important to you and write those things down. When you’re feeling discouraged, which is inevitable for most, take a look at that list and remember why it’s important to you.
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5. Take it one step at a time. Although high motivation and energy is great, the key here is that you want it to last long into 2016, not just for the first month. A diet that you can only follow for 2-3 weeks isn’t going to make a huge difference in the grand scheme of it all. Each week pick 1 diet change and incorporate new ones in as you get comfortable with the last. For example, once you get into routine of having a healthy breakfast before leaving the house, then focus on bringing your lunch to work during the week. Attacking it all at once tends to get overwhelming and discouraging when you miss the mark.”
“6. Keep an eye on your progress. There are so many great self-monitoring devices, like scales and activity trackers, to keep you informed and accountable. Studies show that just weighing in regularly without any other changes can result in moderate weight loss. In addition, recording everything you eat, whether in an app or written journal, can make you a bit more mindful of all the food choices you’re making and help keep your goals at the forefront!”
Follow Amanda’s Instagram @RD_Eats for tons of workout and diet tips! Are you trying to lose weight in 2016, HollywoodLifers?