How do you take your weight-loss goals to reality? Here are 10 smart strategies that may help you reach a healthy weight
- Plan to be successful
Take the time to plot some healthy meals. When you get hungry it’s easy t grab a snack, it’s easier to make good choices when you have a solid plan in place. Instead of grabbing a hamburger make the choice to eat a chicken breast. Just because you are trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your choices in food.
- Become the Master of the Munchies.
Be ready when hunger strikes with healthy snacks such as whole-wheat crackers, air popped popcorn, healthy nuts, or even grab-and-go fruits like apples, oranges and bananas.
- Give labels some love
As you shop for foods, look at the nutritional facts. Among other things, you can compare calories, fat and fiber to make smarter picks. Why fiber? Foods high in it, such as veggies, fruits, whole grains and beans, can help you feel fuller. Make better choices.
- Fine the fun in fitness
You are more likely to stay active if you find activities that you enjoy. Maybe it’s working out with weights, cycling, swimming, a brisk walk or even try a boot camp class. Make regular exercise dates with your friends or wife. Start slow, this is about the long haul.
- Portion size is important
This is an easy way to cut calories. You will be surprised that you’re perfectly satisfies with less. Leave large serving bowls off the table. Use smaller plates and bowls. At the restaurant ask for half your meal to go- before it’s served.
- Lock down a time
Schedule your exercise time- treat it like a it’s a life or death appointment because it could be. So don’t get discouraged if you miss a workout. Just reschedule and recommit. Understand life gets in the way but you have to commit to getting exercise. You and only you can make the choice to live a healthy live style.
- Sneak around to burn calories
Add short bursts of activities to your day whenever you can. Take a quick walk around the block during you break. Pace while you’re on hold or waiting for someone. Do jumping jacks while your laundry dries or take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Track you food and fitness
Whether you use a digital app or a simple notebook, you may find this helps you stay on track. Even doing this for a week or two. Build a good habit it could help you see patterns you want to celebrate or change.
- Give meals an easy-freezy boost.
Keep frozen veggies on hand to add flavor and substance without many calories.
- Go the distance
Don’t be to hard on yourself if you have setback. Just plan how you’ll get back on track. Set realistic goals – and celebrate each success. This is about the long haul, not a sprint to the finish. Finally spend time with people who support your new healthy habits. As men we understand life has many stresses and distractions. Don’t wait until it’s to late. The best time to start is now! Live a healthy lifestyle and you will be happier, energized, confident, and will have a healthy outlook on life. Remember; Better Health, Better Sex, Living Longer and Harder!