January is a popular month to start a new health kick, but maintaining positive changes year-round is key to long term weight loss.
Whether it's January or June, it is important to set resolutions for yourself when you begin your journey to good health. Whether it's quitting smoking, alleviating stress or increasing exercise — you have to start somewhere.
Try setting some of these mini-resolutions to start:Avoid rapid weight loss. Aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week instead. Not only is extreme weight loss unhealthy, you can lose muscle mass instead of fat cells.Don't skip meals! Eating small meals throughout the day can give you the energy you need to make it through the day, and it will keep you from overeating later in the day.Be smart at the salad bar. Avoid fatty meats and mayonnaise-based salad dressings. Make healthy eating choices and load up your plate with as many fruits and vegetables as you can.All calories are the same, no matter what. A label may say"fat-free," but that doesn't mean that it's"calorie-free."
Most importantly — if you stumble on your weight loss plan, don't lose your resolve. Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again the next day.