After a whirlwind of indulgent holiday parties, the new year is the perfect time to set your weight-loss resolution. Getting to a healthy weight can help you live a longer, happier, and healthier life. While a balanced diet and exercise are key to weight management, integrating them into your day can be the biggest barrier to achieving your goals. Here are four simple ways to make reaching your resolution easier.
1. Blend Fruits and Greens into Decadent Dreams
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help you lose excess weight. Try blending frozen fruits like blueberries and bananas with a cup of spinach, flaxseed, nut butter, and your milk of choice. You might be surprised how simple, decadent, and satisfying a nutrient-packed smoothie can be!
2. Mix Friends and Fitness for Best Results
If the idea of working out at the gym fills you with misery, don’t fret. Even the most intense fitness classes can be fun when you bring a friend. Find a workout class that fits your schedules, show up together, and laugh through the difficulties. Check in at the end of the class—did you smile and break a sweat?
3. Catch Your zZz’s Please
Staying in bed a little longer may be good for your soul and your weight-loss goals. Sleep deprivation increases the hormone that stimulates the appetite. Take proactive steps, like avoiding caffeine, before bed to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
4. Measure What You Want to Manage
Envision a year where you ate healthily, exercised, and woke up feeling rested every day. How would you feel? To reach your health goals this year, create a tracking system to measure your progress. Use a simple tool, such as a notebook or app, to record days you exercised, ate healthy foods, and got enough sleep.
If you’re having difficulty losing weight through diet and exercise alone, don’t be discouraged. Talk with your primary care physician at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group to see if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery. Keep your determination levels high; weight loss is a journey, and you have options.
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