A New Body For The New Year: Easy Weight Loss Tips

By Carolyn Flynn

Achieve your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight this year by following these simple guidelines for slimming down.

Portion Control

  • At home keep carbohydrate portions to the size of your fist, and protein to the size of your hand laid out flat. This is an easy way to determine how much you should eat for your body size without having to measure, weigh, or count calories.
  • At restaurants put half of your ordered food in a to go container. Restaurants serve generous portions which look great on your plate, but not on your waist. Ask for a to go container when you order your food and divide it before you start eating. If it’s not on your plate you’re less likely to eat it. Take it home to enjoy at a later time or day.
  • Watch out for grazing! “Grazing” is what cattle do, they graze on grass all day long munching away to get big and strong. But they don’t graze and eat three big meals during the day. Subsequently grazing plus eating meals will easily pack on unwanted pounds. Grazing, or eating small amounts throughout the day is okay if you don’t eat regular meals too. Just be sure you are grazing on healthy foods like nuts, fruits, and vegetables. A grazing diet of popcorn, fast food, and candy will not give your body the nutrients it needs to be healthy.
  • Portion control is a great way to reduce the calories that will end up as fat on your body.

Avoid Starvation and Plateauing

  • Eat balanced meals with fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, dairy, and healthy fats. Green vegetables such as Romaine lettuce and spinach are a great way to fill you up while getting lots of healthy nutrients your body needs.
  • Have variety in your food choices. A variety of foods and colors will insure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. It will also help you from feeling bored, or feeling like you are ‘denying yourself’ while working on consuming smaller amounts of food.
  • Have variety in the amount of calories you consume each day to prevent getting stuck in a weight rut. A good weekly system is to eat a set amount of calories for five days, then eat a little bit more one day, and eat a little bit less another day. This will keep your brain guessing and working to help you come to your ideal body weight, while reducing the risk of putting your body in starvation mode or stuck in a plateau weight.

Move Your Body

  • Exercise is of course an important part of losing weight and staying fit. As you move you burn off excess fat and help your body clear out unneeded waste.
  • Stand. We spend most of our time sitting at work and sitting in front of the TV or computer. Standing stretches out your body and strengthens your legs and buttock. Stand for 30 to 60 minutes a day and you’ll be surprised at your new firm behind.
  • Move every hour. Every hour move a little. Shake your hands, stretch your legs, go for a short walk. Change up your routine with a little movement every hour and you’ll see your body slim and your mind become more alert.

This year give yourself the gift of a healthy new body.

By Carolyn Flynn LPC

Share your favorite weight loss tips in the comments below.

Love, Life Health, Carolyn FlynnCarolyn Flynn, LPC holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with additional studies in Nutrition and Holistic Health. She provides a unique blend of mind-body solutions to create health, happiness, and loving relationships. She is a strategist, problem-solver, and intuitive guide. She believes every woman deserves to feel beautiful, serene, and happy. She is committed to helping women create lives they love. She is the author of SMART Talk, Heal Your Grief, and Holiday Peace and Joy.

Carolyn Flynn is a Relationship Expert and author of Heal Your Grief, SMART Talk, and Holiday Peace And Joy.

Goal Setting for New Year’s Resolutions

By Carolyn Flynn

Here are some guidelines for setting New’s Years Resolutions you can achieve:

1. Set Achievable Goals.

We’d all like to reach a goal to win the lottery or become a millionaire this year. While those two things would make for a fabulous year, the odds are against you for achieving it. Goals are stepping stones and guides to getting what you want in life. Setting achievable goals helps you to keep your resolutions, feel good about yourself, and move your life forward in the direction you desire.

2. Make Specific Goals.

If your goal is too vague or too big it can be difficult to complete. A goal to exercise is nice, but is too general. Decide on something more specific such as exercising 15 minutes, three days a week. Being more specific helps to identify what you what to accomplish and makes it easier to track your progress. Keeping a log will help you complete your specific goal. This not only helps you to achieve your resolution, but will make you feel good each time you do it.

3. Go Beyond This Year.

Set more general goals for the future. Setting 5, 10, 15 and 20 year goals gives your life direction, and a map showing where you want to take your life. Sometimes it is easiest to start backwards starting with a 20 year goal of where you want to end up in life, and then work towards the 15, 10, 5, and 1 year marks to set goals and resolutions that will help you achieve the end results you want in life.

Remember, the basic steps for achieving your New Year’s resolutions is to decide what you want, determine what needs to occur to reach your goals, and most importantly, take action on your goals.

Here are some valuable internet resources that will help you reach your goals for the New Year:

Goal Setting Will Make That New Year’s Resolution Happen
Key to Successful New Year’s Resolutions
Smarter Goal Setting Acronym – Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution With SMARTer Goal Setting
Tips for setting New Year’s resolutions for kids and families
Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals For The New Year
Goal Kicker – New Year Resolutions Count Down: 3 weeks to go
Turn Your New Year Resolutions Into Real Results
New Year’s Resolution Makeovers
Practical Goal Setting Tools
Green Goal Setting
Four Steps to Prepare for Goal Setting
New Years Resolutions – Achieving Goals

By Carolyn Almendarez

What are your goals for the upcoming year? Share your resolutions in the comments below.

Flickr photo by Alan Cleaver

Carolyn Flynn is a Relationship Expert and author of Heal Your Grief, SMART Talk, and Holiday Peace And Joy.