Saturday, January 7, 2012

How to Lose Weight in the New Year

Every holiday season millions of Americans go through a month, or so, of holiday parties, dinners, get-togethers, stress over shopping, stress over accommodating family and guests, stress over what to wear and what to eat. Needless to say the thought of going to the gym is laughable for a lot of people as time and energy is very limited during this busy season.

That's why so many people put off their weight loss goals until the new year where they are resolved to get back in shape. The problem is so many start off behind the gun as a lot of them actually gain weight through the holidays. In fact a national average per CNN once noted the average American gains 8 lbs during the holidays. That's an astounding number!

So before you go off and look for local gyms, here below are some ways to make sure that this is the last year you say "It's my new years resolution to lose weight!"

1. First of all, identify your main reason for losing the weight. You see too often people will start and stop a weight loss regiment with a carefree, go-with-the-wind attitude that's destined for failure. The reason is because the lack of a clearly defined goal and reason to accomplish those goals will inevitably lead to boredom and quitting. So be sure to sit down and really think out clearly what it is you want to accomplish and why it is so important you actually do.

2. Hire a local personal trainer or fitness professional. Let's face it. If this isn't your first time resolving to lose weight starting January 1st, you're even more likely to cut your quest short.

By hiring a personal trainer, you're putting allowing someone else to hold you accountable over the decision you made to get in shape. Not just that but you're also more likely to get in shape as you and your trainer will be doing exercises that you necessarily wouldn't do on your own, greatly increasing the likelihood of success.

3. Sign up with a buddy! If hiring a personal trainer isn't in your budget, finding a friend to start working out with you is the next best thing. It's important you keep each other motivated. It's also a good idea to make sure you both have similar goals. Two individuals looking to lose weight as opposed to one person wanting to enter bodybuilding competitions makes it more likely for success.

These are just some of the ways to make sure this is your last year of New Year's resolutions. Ultimately it will be your will for success that determines if you achieve it.

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