2015 Resolution – Feel Younger & Live Longer Starts Now.

2015 Resolution #1 – Lose 25 pounds

The “Why Factor”

shutterstock_165782102What will motivate you to work out and lose weight in 2015?   Willpower isn’t always strong enough to help you make the change you want to see.

So ask yourself, what is your motivation?

Is it a reunion or your son’s wedding where you want to look jaw dropping gorgeous?

Is it that you experienced high blood sugars, and you have been placed on medication to prevent Type 2 diabetes?

Are you going through menopause and your hormones are out of whack, and you want to feel in control again?

Did Dr. Jewell tell you at your consultation that if you lost 25 pounds you would get an “awesome” result from your Lipo-Abdominoplasty procedure?

Actionable Steps

  1. Write the motivational factor down, paste it on the refrigerator, and make it your mantra for the whole year!
  2. shutterstock_167065424Set realistic goals by looking online for a Body Mass Index calculator to determine appropriate goals for yourself.
  3. Some people like to hire trainers to help them “keep kicking butt” others find a friend to meet them at the gym to enjoy the comradery.

What is a healthy weight loss?

According to the CDC, evidence shows a gradual approach to weight loss is more successful for keeping the weight off in the long run.

  1. Burn more calories than you take in.
  2. BreastMammography_HorizontalRely on healthy food choices.  Cut out sugars and processed foods.
  3. Reduce your caloric intake by 500 to 1000 calories per day, which should help you lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.
  4. Depending upon your fitness level, exercise 30-60 minutes, of moderate-intensity, 5 times per week.
  5. Look at weight loss as a lifestyle change, not a diet.

TIP #1  Next time a hankering hits reach for your sneakers to go for a walk!  A short burst of aerobic exercise ups blood and oxygen flow to the brain including the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex which is part of the brain that is responsible for self-control.

Research indicates that reduced activity in this area of the brain makes people more prone to the munchies.  Start to take control by curbing your cravings with cardio!

shutterstock_190997321 Stand on the scale daily to be honest with yourself and stay motivated.

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