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6 ways to lose weight in 2014

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With a new year comes new beginnings, and in 2014 you pledge to lose weight- and fast. Here are some helpful hints to get you started and are here to give you the motivation you need.

1. Stick to a solid workout plan

Find a realistic workout plan and stick with it. A plan serves as a guide, and motivation for some. A great workout plan can be found with some research. Read reviews, learn how different workout plans have worked for different people. Find one that best fits with your busy lifestyle.

2. Eat breakfast

Do not skip breakfast. According to WebMD, "skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal." A healthy breakfast like egg whites or oatmeal can help you to feel more energized throughout the day.

3. Hire a personal trainer

Personal trainers are there to guide you towards a healthy lifestyle. Exercise won't work unless you are exercising correctly, which is what personal trainers are trained to teach you. Scared to try out that new machine at the gym? Not sure which foods you should/should not be eating? You have the questions, trainers have the answers.

4. Switch to a healthy happy hour

Health Magazine featured a women in their "16 ways to lose weight fast" article, who traded her happy hours for runs on the local track. Dedicate that time to a visit at your local gym or spin class. Warning- your body may still suffer from a hangover the next morning, labeled "intense soreness."

5. Eat every four hours

According to bestselling author Jillian Michaels "three balanced meals, spaced out every four hours -with a snack between lunch and dinner is the ideal meal plan for weight loss. Your body will use your energy stores and burn more fat!"

6. Find a workout buddy

Having a workout partner reaps many benefits, including encouragement and support. You are less likely to cancel your workout sessions when someone else is depending on you, and they may even be able to see your results faster than you. A 2011 study published in Psychology of Sports and Exercise found that "the exercise habits of people you know have a positive influence on your exercise habits."

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