Did you set yourself any resolutions this year? Did they include losing weight or exercising more?
Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight and exercising more. Of course, we all start out motivated and with good intentions but when life kicks in, you’re back to work and dealing with everyday life, it can be difficult to stay focused and motivated.
We’re now just over two weeks into 2018 and now is when many people start to struggle with their resolutions. I have been struggling myself over the last few days when I’m finding myself busy with work and life, other things tend to take a back seat, even when I view them as important.
It can also be difficult to change the habits of a lifetime and reverting back to old habits can seem like the easiest solution but if your resolution to lose weight or exercise more is something you really want there are a few things you can try to keep motivated and achieve your goals. I will be referring back to this post to keep myself motivated over the coming months and I hope you find it useful in your weight loss or fitness journey.
Hire a Personal Trainer
If you’re looking to lose weight and/or workout more but you’re not sure how then hiring a personal trainer can be the best place to start. A personal trainer will work with you to help you achieve your overall goals and they will be able to break down your goals so they are manageable. They will be able to help you with your diet and fitness, set a personalised plan and keep you motivated during workout sessions.
There are a lot of great personal trainers out there, Trevor McClintock is a great personal trainer who offers a selection of personalised packages to help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals. Trevor is able to travel anywhere in central London for one-to-one personal training sessions but if you’re looking for someone local to you why not give your nearest gym a call and ask if they have personal trainers available.
Set achievable goals
We all know there are diet products out there that claim to help you lose half a stone in a week but this type of weight loss isn’t realistic or sustainable.
If you set unrealistic goals which you struggle to achieve this will be detrimental to your journey and will result in you feeling deflated and unmotivated. Whereas if you set realistic goals for weight loss and fitness which you can reach this will give you a sense of achievement and keep you motivated to carry on.
Sometimes the scales will fluctuate and this can be disheartening, this is why it’s important to also measure your success in other ways, for example, take your measurements before you start and if your weight isn’t moving check your measurements. Remember we all have periods where we plateau, the important thing is to keep going and stay focused on your goals and achievements. The NHS has a handy free weight loss plan which you might find useful, it has a lot of tips and advice on healthy eating and exercise to help get you started.
Track your progress
When you’re working hard but you’re not seeing results it can be difficult to keep going, that’s why it’s a good idea to track your progress in more ways than just on the scales.
Before you start your weight loss or fitness journey take your measurements, note your weight and take a couple of before photos so you can compare them down the line. It’s important not to compare too regularly because you will risk demotivating yourself if you’re not constantly seeing results so try to weigh yourself once a week and take your measurements and comparison photos once a month.
If you find the scales have stopped moving then look at your photos and measurements, often there will be noticeable differences in those and this will keep you focused.
Find a gym buddy
If you want to hit the gym or a workout class but you’re not sure about attending alone then why not find a gym buddy. Speak to a friend or family member and ask if they would like to attend a class with you, they don’t have to be wanting to lose weight to enjoy it.
A gym buddy is a great motivation because you won’t want to let them down by not going and you can encourage each other during the workout and keep each other motivated.
Change your eating habits
We all know that when we eat more calories than we burn our body will store any extra as fat and we will gain weight. It takes an extra 3,500 calories to gain 1lb so to lose 1lb we have to burn 3,500 calories.
Changing the habits of a lifetime isn’t easy but it will be worth it and good food will help more than just your weight loss, it will help give you energy, keep your skin healthy and give you nutrients your body needs to stay strong. Try to avoid processed foods which are high in saturated fat and sugars and incorporate the recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg a day into your diet.
If you struggle to eat lots of fruit and veg, you can use a greens powder like those made by Lean Greens in the UK. Although greens drinks shouldn’t be used to replace whole vegetables entirely, they can certainly help maintain a healthy diet.
Remember it’s important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, avoid sugary fizzy drinks and opt for water which will keep you healthy and hydrated throughout the day. It’s recommended to drink 8 glasses of water each day.
I hope the above tips will help give you a few ideas and keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint, consistency is key and you will get there if you give it your all. Good Luck!