The New Year is almost here. Its time to look back at how the past year went & plan your goals for next year! Is weight loss or fitness one of those goals? Did you make a weight loss resolution at the beginning of the past year? Did you achieve it? Most people don’t, so don’t fret. Here, we tell you how you can lose weight & get fit this coming year with the right goals. Don’t get on any crazy diets. Stick to a realistic diet plan. Add good foods to your diet (eg: green tea, almonds) and get some exercise. Before you know, the pounds will be melting away! First of all, let’s not call them resolutions. These are more like goals, so they’re achievable. Here are top 10 Weight Loss & Fitness goals to get the year started:
Lose 2 kgs: We know you want to lose 10 kgs, and get that celebrity body, but lets start with small steps. Let’s first target a weight loss of 2 kg. It may take you just a month if you’re good. Then in the following month, target to maintain this new weight. In the following month, target to lose the next 2 kg. This is the healthy rate for weight loss. If you keep it up, by the end of the year, you would be 12 kg down, and you would know how to maintain your weight. That’s a massive achievement!
Eat 1-2 fruits per day: Fruits are one of the best sources of carbohydrates for the body, along with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They taste great, and have a low glycemic index. Then, what’s stopping you from eating more. Most people don’t even eat one fruit per day. Start the year by targeting to eat 2 fruits per day. One with breakfast, one in the evening. That’s not too hard, is it?
Start your Workouts: Yes, the dreaded one- exercise! Join the gym or if you’re too busy, get a fitness plan- they’re available on your mobiles too. Paying for it, is one of the best ways to ensure that you stick to it. Don’t target to workout 6 times a week. For the first month, target to workout just 2 times a week. First make working out a part of your routine, then increase the frequency. If you hate working out, then join a class- power yoga, spinning, aerobics, kickboxing … Or play a sport to burn calories.
Go for a walk: If you are not doing any exercise currently, start with a walk. It’s easy to count steps. Just get an app that counts steps. Start with targeting 5000 steps, and work your way up to 10,000 or more. Jogging is better than walking, but its important to start with some exercise.
Reduce processed foods: You’ve heard it before. Eat less processed foods. Avoid white bread, biscuits, juices, chips, etc … the list can go on. Easy to say, hard to do. So, to start, pick one processed food in your diet and eliminate that. Let’s show you how the numbers work: One slice of white bread is about 80-100 calories. Reducing those 2 slices of white bread a day over a year, equals a calorie reduction equivalent to a weight loss of almost 9-10 kgs!