It’s here! 2014! A new year, a fresh start, and a new beginning! January 1 is a day we wait for every year. We are eager to change and to transform our lives over the next 365 days. There’s just something about the empowerment than comes from the start of a new year… it gives us hope!
We always hear “don’t wait until January 1 to start” but there is just something so freeing knowing that a new chapter is starting and we can close the doors on the previous year. If losing weight in 2014 is one of your goals, which for most people it is, there are a gazillion ways you can go about it. I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian, but I have tried to lose weight for years and have learned a lot. Here are my thoughts and recommendations…
The first thing you need to do is to determine how many calories your body needs. 1200 calories isn’t the magic weight loss number! Determine exactly what you need by either calculating it or getting your metabolism tested. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t want to count calories for the rest of my life, but if you’re truthful, counting calories can help you to see if you’ve been eating too little or too much for your body. I highly recommend My Fitness Pal for tracking your calories.
I have always loved Weight Watchers and really believe it to be a fantastic program. The program will help you to learn proper portion control and I love that it uses Points versus counting calories. The downside to Weight Watchers in my opinion is you almost always get the most bang for your
buck Points when you eat processed foods. I also have a hard time understanding how fruits and vegetables can be 0 points when they are made up of calories.
AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge
The 24 Day Challenge is an ideal kick start program in conjunction with healthy eating through programs like Weight Watchers or Calorie Counting. The 24 Day Challenge will get your system in order by cleansing your system and providing you with the vitamins and supplements you need for your body to work efficiently. AdvoCare vitamins and supplements will ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients that you aren’t getting from your diet, which will leave you with incredible energy!
Eat The Right Foods
I truly, truly believe in eating fruit, vegetables, lean meat, dairy, and whole grains. There are a lot of different diets out there, all with different opinions about the best foods for our bodies. From my experience, when I’m unrealistic about the foods I’m cutting out I end up gaining back all the weight when I realize it isn’t liveable.
Be Active Every Day
Being active every day doesn’t mean doing 60+ minutes of strenuous exercise everyday. Instead, it means taking time every day to work towards your health and fitness goals. Whether it’s going for a 20 minute walk, lifting weights, taking a spin class, doing core work, taking yoga, or playing outside with your kids, commit to being active every day. Remember, weight loss is calories in vs. calories out. Being active will help you to build muscle, which takes up less space in your body than fat.
Ultimately, you need to be as realistic as possible! You want to end 2014 feeling as great as you do right now: motivated, determined, and empowered. Create realistic goals and be proud of yourself. I mean, think about it… if you “only” lost 2 pounds a month you’ll weigh 24 pounds less than you do now. Yes the goal may be to lose 5-10 a month, but be proud of what you achieve.
No matter what your goals are in 2014, make yourself a priority! You deserve to make the most of the next 365 days! Love yourself, love others, and treasure each moment.
Happy new year!