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8 practical tips to keep you focused on losing weight all year long

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Many people set New Year’s resolutions, yet by February they had long forgotten their goals. On Dec. 31, 2013 Fox News released a few tips that can help you stay focused on your weight loss goals all year long.

Set a goal

Having a deadline or goal can help keep you focused on losing weight by that day. The goal should be specific, for example, “I will lose 30 pounds by December 12, 2014 for my sister’s wedding”.

Get fiber

Fiber will help keep you full. According to Bob Harper, the celebrity fitness guru, he recommends everyone eat 30 grams of fiber, everyday.

Ditch the scale

The scale is a liar and often the sole reason why many people quit exercising or eating well. The scale can be a source of great success or sense of failure in your mind anyway. The best thing to do is toss it out. Use a tape measure or better yet, just your clothes as a gauge to when you are losing weight.

Food diary

Food logging is highly recommended so you can see trends in your eat habits that either help you shed weight or prohibit you from losing. There are many smartphone apps now that make food logging so easy.

Forgiveness

So, you had a cookie or slice of cake you should not have? What do you do, cry yourself to sleep or just shake it off and start right back immediately. Learn to forgive yourself for not eating perfectly all the time. It is all about balance and eating well most of the time, and most of all not letting the setbacks make you feel like a failure.

Ditch one thing at a time

If you try to change too much in your diet at once, it may be overwhelming, causing you to quit. It is a much better and long lasting method to omit one food at a time. If you restrict your diet too quickly it could led to binges or you overeating. If you want to stop whole milk, switch to almond milk. After a few weeks, you can start phasing out meat or gluten.

Make it a date

Schedule your workouts every day, in advance. This way you will know exactly what time you will exercise and less likely to no complete it. Another mistake new dieter’s make is going from no exercise days to six over night. This can lead to injury and burnout. Start slowly, being consistent, and you will see a difference in your weight and physique.

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