Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you for all the love and support and I hope 2017 is your transformational year!
First weekend of 2017, are you following your New Year resolution of ‘lose weight this year’ or ‘be a fitter person this year’ yet? Are you still feeling too lazy to get out and start working out? Or are you confused about how to go about things?
I remember that losing weight used to be my New Year resolution almost every year. That’s all I really wanted (but was too lazy to work for) and a month or three months into the new year and it was all forgotten and never looked back into.
What I want to say here is- don’t be like me. And below, I’ll tell you how:
1. The time is NOW
Don’t wait for a week more and consider this as your ‘last break’ or a month later or three months later, start NOW. Don’t delay the process. A week has already gone by, there are 51 weeks to go. Imagine what a difference you can make just in 4 weeks time if you start now.
2. How to start?
Lock up all the fried and unhealthy staple snacks (namkeen, biscuits, mathhi, etc) you have in your house and keep it only for the guests (because well, Indian households!). Out of sight, out of mind. Restock the empty shelves with healthy munchies!
3. What to eat?
No junk, no fried. For snacks/munchies, there are plenty available like greek yogurt, soya crisps which taste far better than chips and are very filling, roasted soy beans, dry fruits, sandwiches in brown bread, etc.
4. What not to eat/drink?
Completely discontinue fried. Have chocolate once in a while (If you’re a chocoholic like me). Give up on beverages, yes, even juice unless its fresh and preferably without sugar. (Click here to read about what beverages do to you). Discontinue alcohol as it is empty calories, but if you must have it then have it once in a while (Click here to read my article regarding alcohol and weight-loss).
5. How to get the motivation?
You know you want to get rid of that stubborn fat. You want to fit into that pretty dress. You want a summer body. Whatever your short term goals are, they’re good motivation for now. Later on , when you see even the smallest of results, your results itself will motivate you to do better.
6. “I can’t get out of bed”
Okay, forget that dream body you’ve been dying to get. Honestly, push yourself for like 3 weeks and then you’ll adjust to it. I’m sure just for 3 weeks you can push yourself, right? After all, you gotta work for what you want.
7. “I am a foodie, I cant leave my favourite food and punish myself with some diet.”
Well guess what, you don’t have to! Read some of my previous articles to know how :
- How to eat healthy if you live in a hostel
- What to eat when you eat out so you can still eat healthy
- How to eat healthy even during exams
- What a healthy person’s menu preferences looks like
8. How long do I follow a diet plan for?
Lifelong. Which is why, you don’t need a diet plan. You need a lifestyle change. Once you see its beautiful results on your body, you would want to stick to the healthy life! #ExperienceSpeaking
9. The ‘E’ word
You have to exercise. That doesn’t mean you have to join the gym. Apart from joining a gym, you can do a lot of fun classes (Crossfit, yoga, etc), play a sport, dance, exercise at home (Click here to read about my experience on home workouts), and so on. Just do what you enjoy!
You’ve already started. Please, do not give up. Believe in yourself, you started for a purpose and now you have to finish it. No one can do this for you but you. Do not give up on yourself. Yes, that brownie looks very very tempting, so how about you treat yourself after you lose 5 kilos? After all, your entire process of losing weight should be a lot of fun and its important that you’re always happy.
Lastly, if I could do it so can you! Know that you can! Once your willpower is strong, nothing can stop you. Don’t aim to lose weight but aim to be a healthy individual and weightloss will come to you, along with some good skin and a happier you and numerous other benefits!