If you’re sick of failing at that oh-so-familiar New Year’s resolution of losing weight and managing to keep it off, you need a helping hand. Losing weight IS difficult and those that have managed it (even if only briefly) should be rewarded with a MASSIVE big high-five! Well done to you!
If you’ve managed to lose weight before, it’s not a matter of being able to actually lose it that you seem to be having a problem with – it’s keeping it off that you can’t control and there is normally one big reason why this would happen…
It’s because you return back to ‘regular‘ eating patterns!
It’s all very good and well browsing endlessly through the internet looking for the latest weight loss techniques and diets that will help you to lose a whole bunch of pounds in just a few weeks, but the reality of the situation is that these diets don’t really work as you would expect them to.
Yes, you probably will lose fifteen pounds in two weeks by fasting for five days out of seven but are you going to be keeping this fasting going on forever? Are you planning on having a ‘normal‘ diet with ‘normal‘ foods again? When you go back to that, your body grabs all the calories that it can and safely deposits them into your increasing fat reserves, firstly because you’ve confused it and it never knows when you’re going to be feeding it again soon, and secondly because it needs all the help it can get. You’ve just starved it of most of the things it needs in order to be fit and healthy.
See losing weight isn’t about getting rid of it in the quickest time possible and that’s what most people forget. You didn’t pile on one hundred pounds overnight so how on earth can you expect to lose it overnight? If you need a real kick-start up the backside, a boot-camp style fitness club will pump you in the right direction but there are simple things that you can do from the comfort of your own home without having to pay a single penny.
Use your mobile phone!
You use the digital gadgets around you for so many things these days. You can shop using your laptop, play games with your friend on the other side of the world on your smart phone, download and read a book on the train on the way to work on your iPad…
Why not use the gadgets around you in order to help you to lose weight? Here are a few super-smart tips you should use to lose weight in 2015 and keep it off:
- Use an app like “7 Minute Workout”. It reminds you daily to perform the exercises, you can pick from different sets of exercises (abs, legs, back, shoulders, arms, overall body, cardio, etc.) and they literally only take seven minutes. Read the reviews – there are loads of different apps around and most of them have really rave reviews.
- Use a calorie counting app. There are a few really good ones out there and some of them you can even scan the barcode of your food and it works the nutritional value out for you. This is a great way to keep count of how many calories you’re actually consuming on a daily basis. Every time you ‘forget’ about that mid-afternoon chocolate snack, you could be forgetting about 100-250 calories a day. When you consider that you need 3,500 calories to lose just one pound of fat, every little calorie sure does count!
- Use a walk-tracking app. You’ll be amazed at how much weight you’ll lose by skipping public transport and walking the 20 minute walk to work instead. One of the guys in our team did that for one year and managed to lose over 80 pounds. He worked out that the 20 minute journey was almost a mile and a half each way, it saved him a small fortune in transport costs, made him more economical friendly, and was burning off almost 200 calories per day. You never really know how far you’re walking until you see it all down on the screen in front of you!
- Use online healthy recipes! Remember a few years ago when you needed to buy a book in order to find the latest 100-calorie recipes? These days you don’t need to do that and even if you only have a handful of ingredients in your kitchen, various recipe finders will not only let you input the ones you have, they’ll also provide you with plenty of recipes and the nutritional values for each. You’ll soon start to realise where those empty calories are coming from. Again, even something as swapping full-fat mayonnaise to a lower-fat alternative can cut your calorie content by up to 150 calories over one meal.
Technology is such a powerful thing and it offer so many resources to so many people. With the assistance of social media, boasting about your newfound weight loss will boost your confidence, especially when people start to tell you how great your new, trimmer body looks. They say it takes 4 weeks for you to start noticing changes in your body, 8 weeks for friends and family, and 12 weeks for those you don’t see that regularly. Why not give yourself the 12 week challenge to see how weight you can lose?
So, if you want to lose weight in 2015 and keep it off, why not use your mobile phone? With more resources than you can shake a stick at, it might be the one thing you needed in order to get that perfect body. Plus once you’ve lost that weight, it would be super embarrassing for all your social networking friends and buddies to see you put it back on again… right?