Another new year is here and, with it, plenty of resolutions to eat right, exercise more, and lose weight. However, getting from the “before” picture to “after” picture is a long haul that can require an incredible amount of dedication and discipline.
But does it have to be that hard? Not necessarily. The good news is that there are a number of simple steps you can take to improve your chances of meeting your weight loss goals without completely overhauling your lifestyle…
1. Work Towards a Goal
Many people set out to lose weight and get in shape by setting a weight loss goal for themselves: say, lose 30 pounds or reach a pre-determined amount of weight. That strategy may work for some people, but there is another way to put yourself on the right track.
Instead, focus on a goal that requires weight loss and fitness, but doesn’t depend on losing a set number of pounds. For example, challenge yourself to get in shape for an upcoming sporting event, such as a road race, tournament, etc. Keeping this goal in mind can help keep you motivated and will make the end reward that much sweeter.