Got weight loss on the mind? Slimming down is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, so arm yourself against your expanding waistline by following these essential weight-loss tips.
#1. Set Realistic Goals and Celebrate Them
You might have the large goal of losing 40 pounds, but in order to stay motivated, it’s best to break it down and say, “I’ll lose four pounds by the end of next month.” You’ll be psyched rather than let down if you surprise yourself and lose it even sooner. Be sure to attach a reward to that goal so after you drop, for example, five pounds, you treat yourself to a new fitness tank top or a massage. Of course you don’t want the celebration to undo all the good you’ve done, so avoid high-calorie food rewards.
#2. Have a Plan
To avoid mindless grazing or feeling so ravenous you grab the first unhealthy food you can get your hands on, you must have a plan. On Sunday morning, set aside 30 minutes to map out every meal and snack for the seven days, and then hit the grocery store to grab all the ingredients you’ll need to make it happen. Here’s a plan for a workweek of healthy dinners to try.
#3. Don’t Skip Breakfast
Skipping the first meal of the day seems like an effective weight-loss tactic, but eating breakfast can actually jump-start your metabolism and help you lose more weight. Choose high-protein foods such as whole eggs or Greek yogurt to reduce sugar cravings later, and make sure your meal is also high in fiber to satiate your hunger and flatten your belly, like these breakfasts made with whole grains. Short on time? Make this apple cinnamon quinoa bake the night before.