4. Be Active Just 10 Minutes More
Going from couch potato to an hour every day at the gym is the kind of change that only a superhero could keep up with. But add just 10 minutes of exercise to your day, and you’re well on your way to losing weight and reducing a range of health risks. Exercise also has a positive effect on metabolism – just what you’re going for. But keep in mind you won’t lose any weight at all if you use your increased activity as an excuse to have a second cupcake. “A lot of people overestimate how much weight can be lost with exercise alone, so they end up consuming more food,” Dr. Walji cautions.
5. Think About Your Motivation
Put down on paper the reasons why you want to lose weight, not why your partner is nagging you or why your doctor says you have to. Do you want to have more energy, fit into skinnier jeans, reduce your risk of diabetes? When you’re tempted to open a bag of chips or skip Pilates class, use your written reminders to keep yourself on track. Talk to friends who support your goals, and exercise with partners who share them.
6. Start Now
The new year is a popular time for setting out resolutions, but it won’t be long before other priorities are competing for your focus. That’s when it’s tempting to put off a weight loss plan until the timing seems better. “A lot of people wait until after the stressful project is done at work, or after the vacation,” says Dr. Walji. “But life is always going to happen.” Kick-start your weight loss by telling yourself that now is the best time to begin. “If you have well thought-out goals and a plan in place, then any time can be the perfect time.”