One of the most popular ‘New Year resolutions’ is to lose weight. Especially for us, women, losing weight is a high priority in our wish list throughout the year. The beginning of one, though, symbolises all things new and fresh and somehow motivates us into getting into a healthier gear.

Is losing weight your New Year resolution? Here are five bad strategies to avoid according to Dr. Aaron Michelfelder of Loyola University Health System:

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Weight-loss supplements will help me lose weight faster. This is actually a misconception which will do more harm than good. Supplements burn more muscle than fat – when you eventually stop taking them, you will dramatically gain back more fat than muscle. You will end up feeling worse off than when you started your weight loss regime.

“Dieters could be forgiven for thinking there might be a simple solution, though, with the hundreds of products out there claiming to offer a slimmer, leaner body in a bottle of colorful capsules”, says Dee Sandquist, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

I’ll have to follow an extreme diet plan and always be hungry. Radical changes are not necessary or effective. Dieting, in general, never works out in the end and it’s rarely long-term. The best way to lose weight is to follow a healthy eating plan which will become a lifestyle and not a temporary dietary change.

The key is focusing on a healthy lifestyle instead—exercise, activity, healthy habits—and mindful eating (eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full, strictly), as in eating when you’re hungry or when you need to, and being aware of what you’re eating and how long you’re eating while you dine. (LifeHacker)

[quote_box_right]”For the New Year, most of us should add some weight loss to our resolutions. Obesity is now so common in the United States that it causes more disease and years of life lost than smoking.”[/quote_box_right]

“When going to a restaurant, for example, eat an apple before dinner to dull your appetite, then skip the bread before the main dish arrives. Eat smaller portions and ask for a to-go container”, Dr Michelfelder advices.

I’ll lose weight at the gym. Working out is good for you whether you want to lose weight or not. It is vital for a good health all around and can help you maintain your weight. A common ‘myth’ amongst people wanting to shed extra kilos is that exercise alone is enough to achieve that. To lose weight, you will need to eat less, consume healthier types of food, more nutritional, cut off products with excessive calories and follow a healthy eating plan. Exercise alone will not do it.

I want to lose a lot of weight and fast. You have to be realistic. Rapid weight loss will only lead to equally rapid weight gain. Aim for a more steady weight loss that will not only be long-lasting but healthier for you, too.

I’ll never get down to a normal weight so I’ll probably give up. The first thing to always remember is that you shouldn’t despair. If you are obese or overweight, losing just 10 percent of your body weight will improve your appearance and you will notice significant health benefits such as lower blood pressure, feeling more energetic and sleeping better. Even as little as 5 pounds of weight loss will be good for your joints and will reduce your risk of diabetes. Dr. Michelfelder advises his patients not to go at it alone.

“When you tell other people you are trying to lose weight, they will give you their support, and stop shoving cake and candy your way.” You can also recruit someone else to come to the gym with you, go on walks, or even exchange healthy cooking recipes and talking about your progress. Having someone to talk to at times when you feel low about your weight and thinking of giving up is vital and very useful.

For more ways, tips and advice on how to stay healthy and focus on an eating plan that will work for you without following extreme diets and taking dangerous supplements head over to the following very useful articles:

Source: ScienceDaily

 

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