Diet Planning, Setting Realistic
Weight Loss & Fitness Goals
for the New Year

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Diet Resolutions That You Can Live With as You Begin the New Year

A New Year! What a great opportunity to wipe the slate clean! If losing weight and achieving optimum fitness soars at the top of your ' New Year's Resolution List', these tips may help you achieve your goal.

January is the mother of all diet months. People strive to get healthier, more active and be the best that they can be.

Many will achieve their goals by using perseverance, implementing smarter cooking and eating habits, and by doing exercises they know they will keep doing day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year.

As for Becca, I think she's stretching her brain a bit, don't you? Five foreign languages in a year is a lot learning! It's not impossible, though.

Just really tough!

Hopefully Becca has Einstein brain genes, and is not 'total airhead' material.

#1 Tip – Set realistic, attainable weight loss goals.

If your goals aren't practical, it will be next to impossible to stay on track as time goes by.

While weight loss is a priority - the top priority is losing weight and ending up in good health.

Maxing-out your body with exercise or taxing your body by being too limited in calorie intake can do more harm than good and most dieters who embrace this method for weight loss generally fail.

#2 Weight Loss Tip – Tier your weight goals.

If you need to lose 100 pounds, then set a goal of 25 pounds by a certain date such as March 31st. When you reach that goal, establish a new goal of 25 more pounds by June 30th.

If you need to lose less, then set a date and stick to your plan of action.

#3 Weight Loss Tip – Reward Thyself

Being on a diet is stressful. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard anyone say, "I'm so happy! I'm going on a diet!" Have you?

So, reward yourself for all the hard-earned work you've done because YOU DESERVE IT! In fact, you have permission to buy yourself a Cadillac because if you're on a diet and you're losing weight, you deserve it!

#4 Weight Loss Tip – Sweets for the Sweet

Allow yourself one goody a day that you really enjoy. If you like candy, then have something like a Hershey bar. It's a fantastic treat for only 220 calories.

Yes, I know it has fat in it, but without enough fat in your diet, your hair will fall out.

If you prefer something salty like cheese snacks, then have cheese snacks. If you like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, then have that! Anything that you love!

This is the trick. Allow yourself only 1 serving of the goody.

The earlier in the day that you consume your goody, the better. Do not save up your goodies all week and eat them all at the same time. Try to eat your goody very slowly. Let your tummy know that you are stronger than it is!

#5 Weight Loss Tip – To Empty the Pantry or Not to Empty the Pantry, That is the question.

A lot of weight gurus recommend completely emptying the house of all good-tasting food and replacing it will tasteless cardboard facsimiles. But is this really a good idea?

This is one way to look at this recommendation. If you're going to lose weight and keep it off, then you're going to have to get used to being in control of your willpower. So begin now and never fear food!

You have the power to say no.

The other view is this. If you feel that you cannot control your eating urges, you might go into an eating frenzy and eat everything in the house. If this applies to you, then it's probably a good idea to do a food dump for now.

#6 Weight Loss Tip – Hobby Time!

It's a great time to take up a new hobby, or pick up an old one. This will help occupy your thoughts and steer them away from those constant thoughts of dieting.

If you have an 'active' hobby such as biking, that's even better!

There are so many exciting things out there these days like golfing, volleyball, tennis, walking, hiking, and nature study. If none of these activities excite you, well…how about learning a second language?

#7 Weight Loss Tip – Take Time to Know Yourself.

Believe in yourself. You are worth this effort!

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