It’s the new year. Time for new beginnings. Time for New Year’s resolutions. On the top of the list? Get in shape. Go on a diet. Try to exercise a few times per week. Sound familiar? Do yourself a favor – do not make these resolutions. These types of promises almost always fail within the first three months. Diets don’t work! Exercise does work, but you have to be committed to it. You have to work out hard.
If you must make a New Year’s resolution, resolve to make a permanent lifestyle change. The reason dieting doesn’t work is that once you lose the weight and go off your diet, back to your old lifestyle and habits, you WILL gain it back. It’s inevitable. AND…if you lost weight through diet and cardio without any resistance training, then you surely lost valuable fat-burning muscle as well, which is why people gain even more weight back the next time.
Also, dieting involves giving up foods that you love to eat, as well as cutting way back on calories so that you’re always hungry. This might actually have the opposite effect that you’re hoping to achieve. Not eating enough throughout the day can actually slow down your metabolism. Your body goes into starvation mode, storing these calories as fat. You might actual gain weight!
Well, there is a solution. You need to change your lifestyle – permanently. You have to commit to learning how to choose healthful foods, while adding a moderate amount of exercise into your daily life. You don’t have to diet at all! In fact, you shouldn’t. Just learn how to make healthy choices to fuel your body. You also don’t have to kill yourself with endless hours in the gym. Four to five days of 45 minutes of moderate exercise, cardiovascular combined with strength training, is all you need for noticeable results. Combining that with your new healthy eating plan and you will start noticing huge permanent changes in your body before the snow melts; or if you live in warmer climates, before the summer. You will look better and feel better! A new beautiful you in 2012!
In the coming weeks we will be adding workout plans and fitness tips, as well as healthy eating plans and recipes. Join us as we teach you how to become your best, healthiest self in 2012. Be more active. Feel better. Live longer.
In 2012, do away with your annual resolution to lose weight and get in better shape. Instead, commit to making permanent lifestyle changes that will improve the quality of your life. We invite you to go on this healthful journey with us. We promise you – it will be worth it!
-by Christy Burke