Happy New Year to our 'xtended' Xtend-Life family. We hope you had an enjoyable holiday season, and we wish you a healthy and happy 2016.
Start Your Year The Right Way
The new year is the perfect time to set aside time to work on yourself, no matter where you are in life. Losing weight and staying fit and healthy are the two most common new year's resolutions according to a study performed by Nielsen in 2015. Since your health affects every aspect of your life, from your energy to your mood, it is a great goal. If you're ready to get started, you can follow some of these tips to boost your results.
Set Goals for a New, Healthier You
Whether you're trying to tone up, get in shape, or lose 50 pounds, you have to make a goal. This is important because it will affect your short and long term success. Don't make general goals like 'work out every day', and don't make goals that you can't possibly achieve, like 'lose 3 pounds a week' - you'll be setting yourself up for failure. Studies show that when you set unrealistic goals and fail, it is detrimental to your longer term success. Instead, focus on reasonable goals that you can achieve, even if you miss a day. For example, "Eat 12 healthy meals this week", "work out a minimum of 3 hours this week", and so on. When you fail these goals, it's only a single week's goal, and you can still motivate yourself to keep going because you can still do better and pass next week's goal.
Don't Make Too Many Resolutions
Don't make too many resolutions at once. If you're changing too many things at once, you might feel overwhelmed. Focus on one or two big goals, take small steps towards them, and reward yourself at least once a week for following through 80% or more. Willpower is an exhaustible resource, if you're forcing yourself to use it constantly, you will fail.
Work on Building Healthy Habits
Habits are what keep people going, and you can build them in just two to three weeks. The easiest way to build a habit is to do the same thing, every day, at the same time, in the same place. Once you build a habit, like brushing your teeth, you'll automatically do it without thinking. Here are a few healthy habits you can use to help boost your weight loss:
- Get plenty of healthy sleep. Decide on a bedtime, and wake up at a similar time every day. Studies show that getting enough sleep could boost weight loss.
- Drink plenty of pure water. For most adults this is at least 2 litres of water per day to increase weight loss. Keep a water bottle with you at all times, preferably metal and reusable.
- Build healthy eating habits. Drink water before you go out. Eat something healthy an hour before going to a restaurant or choose healthy options like salad, cut back on dining out, and learn more healthy cooking options.
While your diet affects about 80% of weight loss, exercise does affect the other 20%. Keep this in mind, and try to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.
Light exercises like walking are good for your cardiovascular system, but if you want to lose weight, you'll have to lift weights, or do an intensive cardio workout like running or boxing. But be careful. Intensive exercise can make you hungry - causing you to justify 'treating yourself', which can often result in you failing your diet. Plus, you may want to skip the gym membership until at least February or May, most people get a membership on the first of the year and many stop going by February, which can be demoralizing to your own progress.
Don't Do It Alone
Losing weight is a lot of work, but you can use supplements like Garcinia and Green Coffee Bean to boost results by improving metabolism and cleaning out the digestive tract to improve how your body handles food. Green Coffee Bean extract boosts your metabolism, your energy, and your blood pressure through caffeine, a common weight loss aid, and chlorogenic acid, which is a phytochemical found in small quantities in fruit like apples. Garcinia Cambogia partially blocks your body's ability to store lipids in fat cells thanks to hydroxycitric acid which boosts fat burning, helps prevent new fat from forming, and supports healthy cholesterol and insulin levels. Garcinia Cambogia also boosts serotonin production in your brain, which helps to reduce your appetite. When taken together, they can greatly boost your weight loss results. (Be sure to read my upcoming blog for my personal opinion on Garcinia).
Losing weight, getting in shape, or improving your health is a goal that everyone should go for, no matter your current condition. Just take it slow, plan on small goals, and move forward one step at a time.
In good health.