Fall is traditionally the time we put our weight loss efforts into hibernation and set our sights on New Yearâ€™s for our next diet to end all diets.
Not this year.
Dive into these super 6 tips for fall weight loss and youâ€™ll not only avoid end-of-year weight gain but also start the new year in better shape.
Follow this advice and you've set yourself up to have a fighting chance at weight loss.
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Super 6 Tips For Fall Weight Loss!
1. Take a pledge.
This pledge can be something as simple as a written note, signed by you and stating "I WILL lose weight this fall and I WILL feel better by New Year. I am doing this because I want to ________ (fill in the blank with as many reasons as you can think of). And I WILL lose the weight in a safe manner. My starting weight is _______; by _________, I will drop _____ pounds. My goal weight is ________ and I WILL reach it by ___________."
Write up a pledge like this, keeping it positive and specific. There's nothing that spells dieting doom than an open-ended vow such as "I want to lose weight."
Post your Pledge on the fridge or bathroom mirror so you will see it several times a day. It helps reinforce what you are doing... and why!
2. House cleaning.
No, we're not talking about dusting and vacuuming. We're talking about going through your pantry, fridge and cupboards and tossing the packaged goods that do no good to your body or weight. Fresh fruits and veggies can stay; so too can the junk-free yogurts and cheeses. All high-sugar, high-sodium treats and snacks -- the kinds with hydrogenated oils -- must go!
3. The write stuff.
Start a food journal and keep track of every bite you eat. Thinking you are too old or too busy to keep a diary? Think again. A recent study showed that dieters who kept track of their food lost twice the weight as those who didn't. Write on, slimmer!
4. Seek out support.
When it comes to effective weight loss, you shouldn't go it alone. Friends and family members are good first choices for support. So too are co-workers and members of the church or civic organizations you might belong to. We can't say enough about online support... support like that found right here at Diet.com.
5. A fitness plan!
To turn your body into a fat-burning machine, it's important to add some sort of regular fitness. Walking outdoors or on a treadmill, working out to a fitness DVD or video, or taking a yoga or Pilates class are all good ways to get your metabolism running at optimal speed.
Sure you'll lose weight with diet alone, but you'll lose more weight when you burn more calories working out. Did you know that muscle burns calories even when at rest? It's true, so find as little as 20-30 minutes a day to get moving and you'll speed up your slimming! For even more fitness ideas, head to the Fitness Videos library right here on Diet.com
6. Come to understand that SLIP doesn't mean STOP!
No one is perfect, so you can forget about being 100% "perfect" on your diet. We're in this for the long haul. One meal or even one bad day or weekend won't ruin a diet. So don't use a slip as a reason to abandon your weight loss efforts.
Fall is basically the start of holiday season. Odds are you are going to be enticed to eat some of your favorite junk or comfort foods this Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Don't sweat it. Feeling deprived is a great way to doom a diet.
The truth is if you follow these 6 tips you can afford the occasional slip.
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