If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, you are not alone. Every year, millions of Americans resolve to lose weight while ringing in the new year. Learn to lose those unsightly pounds without joining a gym, following crazy diets or starving yourself while raising your metabolism and gaining energy.
• Your mother did know best! Eat breakfast – every day. Eating a nutritious breakfast will give you the energy to start off your day and give a much needed boost to your metabolism. Make sure to include a protein, complex carbohydrate and fruit.
• Keeping your blood sugar regulated will help to maintain metabolism levels and keep your body from storing unneeded fats. Do this by eating a snack in between meals. Make sure that snack is healthy, nutritious and made of protein or complex carbohydrates. A handful of almonds or fruit are great choices.
• Eat only when you are hungry and no later than 7 p.m. Snacking at night in front of the television is easy to do. Make a deadline for yourself and get your body on a schedule. When you reach for a snack, ask yourself if you are truly hungry or just bored. Chances are, reaching for that snack is out of boredom.
• Do not skip meals. Skipping meals to save calories only leads to the body to believe that it is starving. The body has a safety mechanism in order to keep it alive. When you skip a meal, the body is not sure when food will be consumed again and therefore, starts to store fat cells for later use.
• Trade fruit juices and caffeinated beverages for water. Keeping yourself hydrated helps the body to work at its best.
• Get your sleep! Sleep is extremely important in weight management. Sleep deprived people are more likely to be stressed, which causes extra pounds to be stored on the body.
Following these guidelines will help to get a few extra pounds off but it is also important to get at least 20 – 30 minutes of cardio every day. Not only is cardio, such as walking or running, great for weight loss, but it is also great for your heart.