This post was actually inspired by a BCB reader - Eki. Hi Eki thanks for requesting and I'm glad to oblige.
For starters, I haven't worked out or dieted this year 2014. I'm on a 21 day break, and I'm given my body sometime to relax. I'll resume my "keep fit" routine for 2014 on the 22nd of January.
My Weight-loss Resolution for this year is to be healthy and fit, and in order to do this I have outlined a few tips for myself. Of course my resolutions may not work for you, but I have a few guidelines for those who want to lose weight this year and I hope these help.
#1. LOSE THE NEW YEAR "CONSCIOUSNESS"
I call it the New year consciousness because as the year progresses, people get over the "New year vibe" and ditch the so-called resolutions. This is one major reason a lot of people don't stick to their resolutions.
#2. NO MORE LOFTY IDEAS
Big plans are good but most New year resolutions are tossed by February, and weightloss could be very discouraging. So my plan is to take it 1 week at a time. Instead of saying things like "I will lose 50kg before the end of the year, say "I PLAN to lose 1 kg every week". That's not only doable, it's also healthy, you can track the progress, and with a PLAN, you can stick to it and there's room for improvement. Instead of going vegan, simply cut down on your red meat intake gradually.
#3. EAT RIGHT NOT EAT LESS
First of all, starvation is wrong and it is not a plan. How long will u starve? Most unrealistic diet plans ask you to cut off from some foods totally. I'll advice you to eat healthy stuff. Don't go below 1200 calories a day. I eat my carbs and proteins majorly in the morning (mixed with other classes of food though), proteins majorly at noon also and fruits and veggies majorly at night. I also eat healthy carbs, more of grains, less processed foods, less greasy, less refined sugars etc.
#4. HAVE A SPECIFIC PLAN
Instead of making vague statements like "this year I will join a gym", say " I will join a gym on so and so day, I will put in so and so quality minutes or hours every day or every 2 days, I will eat so and so calories each day..." and so on... It is easier to track your progress with specifics. Vary your workout plans with the help of an experienced guide and time each routine.
#5. WHY LOSE WEIGHT?
What is your reason for wanting to drop the weight? Choose one major reason that has a personal meaning to you, and hold on to it, that's one thing that will keep you going when you feel discouraged.
#6. PICK A PARTNER
Pick someone who inspires you. Someone who is either going through the same thing with you, or has gone through the same thing. Thank God for social media, and all forms of E-communication. Across the world, there are people going through the same thing with you. Meet up with them and inspire one another. This would help you get through each day.
#7. TRACKING TOOLS
The food journal is one major way to track your food intake. write down every single thing you put in your mouth, even to the quantity of water you drink. Your scale is one way to check the kilogram/pounds lost also, I weigh myself every 3 days (some people say its not good though). I personally use these 2 tools and I also have what I call "borderline dresses" (These are dresses that are exactly my size, such that minimal weight loss or gain would be noticed)
#8. SET A TARGET AND REWARD YOURSELF PERIODICALLY
Rewarding yourself doesn't always mean binging, it could also mean going for a relaxing day at the spa, shopping, increasing your diet restriction for one meal (if u must binge, do it with just one meal, don't binge for a whole day or weekend), you can also take a day of your workout to rest etc.