Monday, January 17, 2011

5 Ways to Help Reach Your Weight Loss Goal in 2011

I'm sure that many of you have made a New Year's resolution to lose weight. I haven't necessarily made a weight loss goal, per se, but I do want to exercise more and eat healthier, which will help me maintain the weight I am right now. Losing a little of the belly fat would be a plus, though.

It's no secret that obesity is a big problem in the U.S. I don't know the statistics, but I'm sure that there are thousands of people who die each year due to obesity-related complications while hundreds of billions of dollars are lost each year in medical costs. Not to mention all the money that is lost in productivity each year when obese workers have to take time off to go to the hospital.

I'm not saying that being skinny is better and you should be thin just to be thin...and I'm not here to judge you. I'm just saying that there comes a point when overeating can seriously affect your health. When you carry extra weight, you have less energy and are prone to diseases like diabetes.

I think it's time for people to be more conscious about what they eat. Besides that, being aware of the emotional reasons behind weight gain is important to know. I know that many women use food to fill that void when they feel any type of negative emotion like loneliness or sadness. They may not even be aware that they're overeating.

So if you've set a goal to lose weight this year, I'm on a mission to help you!

Exercise weights and jump rope
5 ways to reach your weight loss goal...

1.  Keep a journal/blog - I came across this article today, 8 Amazing Blogger Weight-Loss Transformations, in which people used their blog to keep track of the food they ate and their exercise routines.   They used their blogs for inspiration and accountability.  There's something about writing down your goals that keeps you motivated.  With a blog you will attract readers who can cheer you on. 

2.  Make a schedule - Another way you can stick to a resolution to lose weight is to create a calendar and populate it with exercises and inspirational quotes. There are many tools available online to keep a professional schedule of tasks complete with reminders. Microsoft Outlook is a cheap way to keep tabs on your exercise routine.

3.  Eat healthier food and be aware of portions - Keep tabs with your weight loss resolution by becoming more vigilant on what you eat and how much you eat.  If your budget allows it, eat organic foods from places like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.  This past year I have dramatically cut my intake of processed foods and junk food like chips and soda.  I've definitely seen a difference in my energy level because of it.  I also eat until I'm comfortably full and not "stuffed".

4.  Eliminate the emotional issues - As I said earlier, many people have trouble with weight loss because of emotional reasons.  There could be limiting beliefs that are preventing you from losing that weight, regardless of what you eat or how much you exercise.  I have worked with Stephanie Tran who uses this technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) that helps you get rid of those negative beliefs that are buried in your subconscious. 

5.  There's an app for that - I don't own an iPhone so I can't tell you which one is the best, but there are tons of free iPhone apps that help you lose weight.

Do you have any other tips to share?

If you're looking for more inspiration, I recommend reading this ebook that I helped write, Permanent Weight Loss the Natural Way.
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