Monday, April 1, 2013

Revitalizing That Failed Resolution To Lose Weight

If you are one of the 92% who didn't meet their New Year's resolution, and it happened to be about losing weight, then don't despair, retool!  Focus on getting it done in small, reasonable and comfortable steps.  Typically you can lose a pound per week simply by cutting out 500 calories per day and not necessarily by food choice alone. (3500 calories are in a pound.)

The reality of reducing calories is that you either need to eat fewer or burn more.  So if you wanted to kill off 500 calories per day you could eat 500 calories less, burn off 500 calories through exercise or use a combination of both.  

For example, a 2oz Snickers Bar has about 265 calories - and a brisk two mile walk can burn 250 calories.  That simple!  Of course you have to do it everyday of the week, but it's not nearly as hard as you thing.  And though it might seem like a long time, if you stay on track for 6 months you could easily drop 24 pounds.  Go a full year and you could see 50 pounds.

In fact, I did double on the weekly goals and lost 2 - 2 1/2 pounds per week and dropped 50 pounds in six months, then as my metabolism changed, it took more in both categories to maintain that loss, so it ended up dropping back a bit.  And once I got to 70 pounds the loss pretty much quit, but since the methods were fully ingrained I have managed to keep the weight loss off for over 5 years.

Use this article from Rene Lynch that features 52 simple tips for getting jump-started on a new weight loss mission.  It's an easy and fun read and can go a long way towards pointing you in the right direction for successfully revitalizing that weight lose goal.  

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