So you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Two months later and now what?
Weight loss can be difficult to achieve on your own. Luckily, there are a number of local resources in South Brunswick to help you along the journey to a trimmer you.
The first step to reaching your weight loss goal may actually be to rethink your resolution. Many weight loss resolutions fail because people have unrealistic expectations and give up when they fail to meet them, says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, owner of the Manhattan-based dietetic practice Your New York Dietitian.
Fitness experts agree. “When I work with clients, the focus is never to lose a large amount of weight—that's daunting!” says personal trainer Bianca Sultana, NCSF-CPT. Instead, weight loss goals should be small and achievable. While you ultimately may want to lose 30 pounds in 2013, aim for four pounds a month, or one pound a week, explains Sultana. Meeting small, achievable goals will give you motivation to continue working towards larger goals.
Local resources can help you set a goal and stick to it. The South Brunswick YMCA and township Recreation and Parks Department are two good places to start for exercise programs.
Not sure of the best way to slim down? A combination of exercise and healthy eating is the best way to tip the scale. “Physical activity accelerates weight loss and also helps manage stress, which typically leads to diet failure,” explains Moskovitz. If sticking to a diet is challenging for you, identify foods or situations that cause you to overeat, and brainstorm ways to stay on track, says Moskovitz.
Remember, nobody is perfect, and it’s normal to slip up sometimes. It's okay if you miss a workout or give in to a fast food temptation, says Sultana. The important part is not giving up! Acknowledge the success you’ve had so far, and don’t waste time being upset. Tomorrow is a new day, so focus on making it better than today. That in and of itself, is a step in the right direction.