Are you where you were hoping you would be when it comes to your progress toward the successful completion of your January weight loss goals? If you’ve set yourself up properly, then you definitely have better odds than if you decided to wing it. Still, there’s a lot more to it than just telling yourself that you want to be leaner, fitter, or that you want to be able to wear the clothes you just can’t force yourself to donate because they don’t fit anymore. That said, if you’re not where you wanted to be, don’t give up. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed!
Getting Your January Weight Loss on Track
Your January weight loss goals likely started off pretty lofty. It’s incredible what the start of a year does to our concept of what’s truly achievable. We’re so focused on the fresh start, we forget that we’re still the same person we were at the end of last year. Does that mean that we can’t make any changes successfully? Of course not! But for most of us, a massive overhaul implemented all at once likely isn’t a sustainable way to get there.
It’s time to take a second look at your January weight loss strategy and decide whether it needs to be shifted so that it better reflects reality. In this way, you’ll be able to work your way back on track and know that the efforts you’re making are something you can keep up. It will be flexible enough that it will gradually evolve and improve over time, instead of being an all-or-nothing dash that eventually drops off as you return to old habits – and old results on the bathroom scale.
The start of a new year is a great opportunity to shake off the holidays and enjoy a fresh start. The key is to make sure your January weight loss goals are a part of steps you’ll be willing to keep up over time, not just for this first month (if that long).
Tips for Better January Weight Loss
Use the following tips to help your January weight loss. This way, you can turn the winter weight gain you’ve already experienced into a form of weight management you appreciate a great deal more.
Drink Warm Water
Drinking warm water is considered great for your body. Moreover, it can be helpful with your January weight loss. Not only is it free of all calories, but it also supports a healthy metabolism. Moreover, it also helps to support your immune system and soothe a sore throat. Keeping you healthy is a fantastic way to be sure your weight loss won’t experience harm from illness. To get even more out of drinking warm water in the morning, try some freshly squeezed lemon juice along with it. This can help to get your metabolism going in the morning and give you a boost of antioxidants.
Alcohol is notorious for being bad for weight loss – and for overall health, for that matter – but it is also a central part of many holiday celebrations. Therefore, by avoiding it after the holidays are complete, you can both keep weight gain away and support your January weight loss efforts. That said, be careful of virgin cocktails as well since many mixers and sugary syrups are also very bad for weight control.
Lose the Regular Hot Chocolates
Hot chocolate may be delicious on a freezing cold day, but it is also packed with both sugar and calories. It’s best left for rare special treats if you don’t want it to cut into your January weight loss. Great alternatives include warm milk with turmeric and black pepper or warm milk with saffron, or even just warm water and cinnamon.
Include lots of veggies in every meal you eat. Eat fruits and veggies as snacks. The fiber, low calorie content and nutrients will do both your health and your January weight loss a lot of good.