By BalanceDiet Contributors
Every January, people rush to the gym and promise themselves a fresh start with their health and weight goals in 2018. The idea of a reset or "fresh start" to approaching a healthy lifestyle is often very appealing, and the first month of the year is often a popular and seemingly fitting time to do so. Regardless of the date, you can in fact reverse any bad habits and begin day by day to look and feel your very best with a Fresh Start approach. One of the most important factors in making your Fresh Start successful is by making the goals and program ATTAINABLE. “According to Dr.DeLiberato, diet and exercise will be beneficial, but where people often fail is not being realistic with expectations” (KXAN, 2017). People burn out quickly and return to their old habits, like eating unhealthy foods and not making time for the gym. If you truly plan to improve your health and well-being, let’s look at some realistic steps you can take in the right direction.
Establish your goals!
Whether your main goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply eat healthier, make sure you write down your goals! Writing down your goals solidifies them mentally and physically, and helps with accountability. If weight loss is your goal, there’s no need to rush to your ultimate weight loss goal. Trying to achieve rapid weight loss can lead to taking unhealthy measures. Understanding the fact that weight loss takes time is vital for a healthy and successful process.
Go to your doctor for a checkup
Sometimes a regular checkup is a great time to measure your health and know your starting point. Knowing your starting point is important, not only with your weight but also with stress and cholesterol levels etc.
Create a sensible eating plan!
A drastic eating plans which cuts out entire food groups is sometimes unnecessary, and could even be unhealthy. A balanced approach to healthy eating could include swapping out processed foods for simple, natural alternatives, and focusing on healthy portion sizes, as well as remembering common sense tips, such as no heavy meals at night, and splitting up larger portions into two meals. Creating a food journal can help you track current habits, identify weaknesses and strengths, and hold yourself accountable.Think about your current eating habits and how you can improve upon them, without taking drastic measures that you probably will not stick to. This includes factoring in snacking. Yes, we said snacking! Snacking is perfectly acceptable when done in a healthy way. Two perfect examples are BalanceDiet’s Nutty Caramel Crunch Protein Bar and Salt & Vinegar Crisps.
Start fresh with a detox!
If you really want to start the new year off fresh and ready to go, consider doing a detox. A detox is beneficial to your metabolism and overall well-being. BalanceDiet’s best-selling 30 Day Detoxification and Cleansing Kit is a natural “reset” for your body’s functions. It also comes with the 30 Day Detox Guidebook, offering suggestions on how to get the most out of your detox. A successful, high-quality detox will significantly reduce bloating, reset and boost your metabolism, enhance your natural energy and nutrient absorption, and boost immunity support. These benefits can effectively jumpstart your health improvements for the New Year!
Establish an exercise plan, that you will actually enjoy!
Exercise and working out are meant to help not only your body, but also your mind and soul. A good, daily sweat session can function as a way to remove yourself from the stresses of daily life, and take some time for yourself while also improving yourself. As part of your Fresh Start, decide whether you have the motivation to get yourself in the gym consistently, or if you will need an extra push from group classes or a personal trainer. Figuring out the best success plan for YOU is the most important aspect. Working out is supposed to be a positive experience. If it is, you will be more likely to stick with it!
Hydration is key for any health and wellness plan. Not only is staying hydrated important during exercise for your physical well-being, but it can also help you shed those unwanted pounds when combined with a balanced diet and exercise. Drinking extra water helps you avoid eating and drinking extra calories. According to studies, drinking cold water can speed up your metabolism as well. If water is seemingly a lackluster beverage to you, add some flavor! Infusing your water with fruits, herbs, and spices can make all the difference in the flavor department. BalanceDiet's Water Infuser has a perforated water infusion capsule which will hold all the ingredients you'd like to infuse your water with effectively.
Jumpstart your fitness and nutrition goals with the appropriate vitamins and supplements!
Dietary supplements can be a very effective and powerful means to enhance your diet and exercise results, by establishing a proper and balanced nutritional foundation. Quality dietary supplements and vitamins contain ingredients and minerals that help our bodies perform at an optimal state, many of which would be difficult to obtain simply by eating a balanced diet. For example, although there is calcium in milk, you would have to drink 87 glasses of milk each day to receive the same level of calcium as in one capsule of a high-quality calcium supplement...that's quite a bit more calories and fat! Being an educated consumer and learning more about the basics of nutrition will help you be more effective in your Fresh Start program. The question is knowing which supplements are right for you and your goals. BalanceDiet offers a Product Regimen Quiz to find out your BalanceDiet ID: a personalized product regimen that matches your health and fitness goals.
Last on our list, but certainly not the least important. Staying positive is essential to any Fresh Start program. Some great websites for daily motivation include Shape and Fitness Magazines. Remember that our thoughts can influence our actions, so the moral of the story is to stay positive, stay determined, and stay true to YOURSELF.
KXAN News Today. 2017, December 30. Some Practical Advice for Losing Weight in 2018. KXAN. http://kxan.com/2017/12/30/some-practical-advice-for-losing-weight-in-2018/