If you’re anything like me, you find New Year’s resolutions to be overwhelming and daunting. “Sure,” you may think to yourself, “I could lose a good 30 pounds.” But, the months go by, the pounds keep stacking, and, soon, another New Year comes and goes with little to no results. Not this year! This year is different. This year, you’re determined to lose weight, get healthy, and increase your energy levels. You know how important it is, for your health, your family, your career. You also know it’s not idleness that’s going to get you to where you want to be. You understand that it’s a literal changing of mindset, a conscious effort to rethink what it means to be healthy.
Did you hear that? That’s important. If it’s long-term success you’re looking for in losing weight and getting healthy, it’s you’re mind you need to change, not just your eating habits.
Change Your Mind, Not Just Your Eating Habits
To be truly healthy, you need to understand that food is for vitality, energy, and fuel. It’s not supposed to be for comfort or happiness. In fact, when you start to associate emotions — such as happiness or depression — with eating, food becomes intertwined with your emotions and almost unavoidable. Of course, emotion and food tend to go hand-in-hand. We eat turkey with our family as we build memories and laugh about year’s past; We cook dinners with our loved ones and grill burgers around the pool in the summer. It’s not going to be easy, no one said it would. But, if you can start with your mind, the rest will come much easier.
With times changing, office and home-based jobs are becoming more popular, while jobs that require more physical activity are going the way of the dinosaurs. In addition, with the rise of Netflix and On Demand streaming, and TV even becoming more entertaining, it’s harder than ever to get up and get out. Which is a real shame. Why? Because, now we know that a sedentary lifestyle is just as unhealthy for us as smoking. These studies show that those who clock more than a couple of hours a day in front of a screen — or sitting in general — tend to have an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. The answer: Move more! Coincidentally, a couple hours at the gym every week isn’t going to cut it: It’s general movement such as standing instead of sitting, that seems to decrease your chances of experiencing the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. This, in turn, can boost your metabolism which inevitably helps you lose weight and avoid your chances at being affect by certain diseases.
Eat More Protein, Scrap the Sugar
This is a big one, guys! For some of us, it’s the hardest part. Sugar is literally in everything. If you don’t know by now, sugar is, like, really bad for us! By sugar, I’m talking specifically about synthetic sugar we find in cereals, processed foods, breads, colas, fast foods, sweets and desserts, and so much more! Because sugar can be found in almost everything, it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid it. It’s a must if weight loss is your goal this year.
The good news is, all of this is more than achievable. At BodyWorks Health & Wellness Center, we’ve helped dozens of people lose more than 8,000 pounds, much of that body fat. We’ve spent years perfecting our formula using centuries of knowledge and wisdom, to make resolutions, goals, and aspirations achievable long-term. Let us help you achieve your weight loss goals this year, contact us at 813-324-8988.