Are you guilty of making lists of goals that you never actually achieve? Are you one of those people who says that the diet starts on Monday every weekend? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us make empty promises about our health. With the New Year approaching, what better time to set yourself some targets that you can actually reach?
Here are some ideas to get you motivated.
If you surveyed a group of people, a large proportion would admit that they’d like to lose at least a little bit of weight. Being overweight can affect your confidence and self-esteem. But it also has dangerous implications for your health. If you have a BMI (body mass index) of over 25, you should try and lose weight. This will improve your health, and you may also find that you feel more confident. Dropping a dress size is no easy feat, especially if you lack willpower. But it can be done. If you’re keen to lose a few pounds, or you have a lot of weight to lose, start setting some goals. Be realistic. You’re not going to lose a stone in a couple of weeks. Once you have a target in mind, start taking steps towards reaching it. Research healthy eating plans online, and find out about exercise classes or personal trainers in your area. If you’re not keen on the gym or the idea of exercising around others, don’t worry. Try going for a jog or a brisk walk each evening. Take up a team sport or try working out at home.
One of the major problems people face when they’re dieting is giving into temptation. Unfortunately, the foods we love tend to be bad for our waistlines. If you have a sweet tooth, look into natural sweeteners like miracle berry. You can add tablets to your food to add flavour without the calories. Another idea is to have a treat day each weekend. This will give you motivation throughout the week, and you don’t have to give up your favourite foods.
Many of us enjoy a drink on a Friday or Saturday night. But if you drink a lot when you go out, or you drink through the week, you may be consuming too much alcohol. Ideally, health experts recommend a maximum intake of 14 units per week. This equates to just 4.5 pints of strong beer or 7 standard glasses of wine. If you think you drink too much, there are some simple ways to cut down. Try and change your routine so that it doesn’t include activities that involve drinking. Go and watch a film or go ice skating instead of having that after work drink, for example. Avoid drinking before you go out if you’re partying at the weekend. Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks. Keep a diary or use an app to track your weekly intake.
Most of us appreciate the importance of good health. But sometimes, it can be hard to find the motivation or willpower to hit our goals. Hopefully, this guide will help you to set some new realistic targets that you can actually achieve.
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