It’s not exactly the new year anymore, but we all occasionally need a little extra time to think things over before we dive in — and do some recon on exactly how we want to change with a new year. Just because you didn’t embark on your journey at the first of the year doesn’t mean you can’t start now. It’s never too late to get healthy.
If you’re looking to lose weight, fear not. You’re most certainly not alone — weight loss is one of our most valued topics here at MyFitnessPal, and something we’ll cover regularly throughout 2017. But for starters, you’ve got to believe in yourself and realize that to successfully lose weight, you’ve got to make small changes that will last and build up over time, evolving into a healthier you.
There is no one-size-fits all plan, so we’ve rounded up 10 articles to not only get you started but also to help you along the way. Cheers to a healthier you!
Change the way you consume
Stop Filling Your Body With Soda… And Added Sugar, for That Matter
Added sugars — sweeteners added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared — are little more than empty calories that can lead to weight gain and even obesity, which increases the risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Soda is one of the leading contributors of added sugars in the diet, along with cakes, pies, sweetened dairy products (think: ice cream) and even breakfast bars and cereal. Read both of these guides to find out how to break the routine — for good.
Water Is Your Secret Weapon — We Mean It
Hydration is important for everyone, but it can also be a key component of your weight-loss efforts. In addition to keeping your body’s engine burning, water helps to stave off hunger: The more you drink, the less room you have for consuming calories. Find out how much you need, how to drink more and why you should utilize every sip of this refreshing weight-loss tool.
Here’s Your Hack to Make Sure You Eat Breakfast Every Day
While there’s no magic weight-loss pill, eating breakfast daily may help you feel more energized, setting the tone for the entire day — a way to jump-start your engine for better health. The quality of that first meal is essential. Breakfast doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it should exist. Here are eight great bowls that’ll not only get your engines burning but also can all be made ahead of time.
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Adjust your strategies FTW
Get Ahead of the Game and Plan Your Meals
Planning healthy meals ahead of time is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for successful weight loss. It’ll not only curb the last-minute pizza delivery and fast-food drive-thru but will also help you save time, calories and money — and might even inspire you to introduce new meals into your daily routine. Find out why it’s easier than you may think.
5 Tips on How to Practice Mindful Eating
Multitasking while eating — munching in front of the TV, snacking while writing emails or constant “sampling” while cooking — makes it challenging to be aware of what you’re putting in your body. Mindful eating is being aware of the taste, texture, smell and your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Knowing your cues and mastering the art of patience and mindfulness is the secret to losing weight for good and keeping it off.
Don’t Obsessively Weigh Yourself
Your weight is determined by a variety of factors, including hydration, climate, when you last ate, bathroom habits and exercise. So what does that mean? Weight fluctuation is common, and there’s much more to good health than a number on a scale. Here’s why you should stop weighing yourself every day and how to figure out a scale schedule that works for you.
Burn, baby, burn (calories)
Try These 10 Workouts Optimized for Weight Loss
Exercise is one of the most important tools in your weight-loss journey. It should become a part of your routine in a meaningful way, and it should be something you genuinely enjoy if you have any hope of sticking with it. Try one (or more) of these. If you try one and don’t love it, move on to the next until you find something that works best for you and your motivation.
Do It With a Friend
What’s the one crazy trick to help you reach any and every health and fitness goal? Get yourself an “accountabilibuddy.” It’s easy, it works and it’s free. We all need to share the daily fight that comes with changing when change is hard. Weight loss is hard, and you’re not the only one struggling with it.
Kick-Start a Walking Game
You don’t have to join the CrossFit train just to get in a good workout. Regular, lower-intensity exercise like walking has multiple benefits (including stronger bones, a better immune system and better sleep) and can help you build fitness and lose weight. Bonus: It’s free, easy on the joints and requires nothing but a good pair of tennis shoes. Here’s a fun, easy plan that’ll challenge you to hit the 10,000-step mark in just one month.
And finally, hit the hay more often
The Secret Behind the Sleep-Weight Connection
Sleep is undervalued. Getting enough quality sleep is holistically tied to your health and weight-loss goals. Sleep offers our bodies a chance to be restored and rejuvenated. When sleep-deprived, we tend to eat more, exercise less and make poor food choices. Here are the hows and whys behind our need for sleep, along with five tips on how to get a better-quality dose of those cherished zzz’s.
GEAR UP FOR YOUR NEXT WORKOUT