Okay, so we’ve talked about the most common health and fitness New Year’s resolutions, and we’ve talked about guidelines you can use in order to stick to them. Now it’s time to take action. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel on your resolution. For instance, pick something you’ve tried before, but didn’t see all the way through.
Take dieting for example. As one of the most common resolutions out there, there’s no doubt many people have taken multiple stabs at this one, only to find themselves back at square one sooner or later.
Starting a diet is easy. Sustaining a diet is trickier, especially if you aren’t used to it. People don’t like diets. The truth is, we like the idea of dieting more than dieting itself. We need to turn that idea into an action. The good thing is there are plenty of tips to kick-start your diet in the new year.
Make a Plan…and Stick to It
And so the proverb goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” You have to develop a plan before you “go on a diet,” otherwise you will have no clue “where you are going.” Use a daily meal planner to help you out.
Try developing your diet in phases. The first phase might be where you start to cut back on unhealthy foods. The second phase may be where you try to consume a targeted amount of calories per day. And so on and so forth. It’s okay to be ambitious when planning, but set realistic goals at each phase. Remember, success takes time.
Produce with Produce
In order to get the results you want, focus your diet around fruits and veggies. These guys are packed with nutrients, and most are low on calories. Why don’t we like veggies when we’re young? Because they taste “yucky.” For those of you still stuck in your adolescence when it comes to produce, try a V8. One 12 oz. bottle of V8 100% Vegetable Juice contains over half of your daily vegetable requirements, and they make tons of great (not yucky) flavors!
Just Run With It
Obviously we love running here. You don’t have to love it to do it, and do it effectively. The bottom-line is that running, along with other forms of cardio, is a key ingredient in dieting. You didn’t think it was all about food did you? Cue the broken record you’ve heard over and over again: in order to have an effective diet, you have to eat right AND exercise. With equipment like treadmills and ellipticals, it’s easier than ever to exercise. For those of you who want to run but need that extra push, check out Runner’s World’s great Running 101 program for help on getting started.
At the end of the day, stay consistent as realistically as possible. That means you aren’t expected to be a robot. You’re going to cheat on your eating habits. You are going to miss a workout or two. All that is fine, but remember to keep the final goal in your head at all times, and your diet will be a successful one in 2012.