It’s early January — do you know what your New Year’s resolution is? At this early stage in the New Year, you probably have a good sense of what it is that you resolved to change and are quite possibly working on making it happen.
Changing how you think about a resolution is the first step to sticking to it. With the right attitude and determination, you can carry your resolution. And, if your resolutions this year is loosing those unwanted pounds and keeping them off. Then, here are some tips to help you through it.
#1 Ramp up slowly. Aim modestly and realistically and then build on that.
#2 Resolve to change habits, not reach arbitrary goals. Set short-term challenges to keep yourself motivated by taking small steps.
#3 Believe in yourself. Unless you believe you can succeed, you will have little incentive to act or persevere when faced with difficulties.
#4 Vary Your Foods
So many patients tell me that they eat the same breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eating the same meals repetitively can slow down your metabolism. Remember, every food has a unique nutrient and bacterial profile, which works to determine your metabolic rate. Think about having five different breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that you can rotate to help keep your gut challenged.
#5 Take Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may be touted as the ultimate cure all, and it does play a role in metabolism. Made from fermented apples, the benefits of apple cider vinegar may be in its ability to improve gut bacteria, again altering your metabolic rate. Some studies investigating apple cider vinegar show improvement in blood sugar levels and reversal of fatty liver. Try adding apple cider vinegar to your daily diet by sprinkling it on salads or drinking a tablespoon diluted with a couple of ounces in water with every meal.
#6 Drink Water
Nothing improves the digestive process and metabolism like water, but it is the one piece of the weight equation that everyone forgets. Drinking water improves digestions, keeps us full, and prevents the overeating that is often from dehydration, not hunger. I recommend you take 1 half your body weight in ounces of water i.e. If you weight 200 lbs. take 100 ounces of water per day.
#7 Drink Green Tea
Sipping on warm, or cold green tea is an easy way to boost your metabolism. Green tea, in some studies, increased energy expenditure and fat metabolism, helping with weight loss. The fat burning properties of green tea are due to the high concentration of catechins, a family of powerful antioxidants. Add green tea to your day to help burn stubborn belly fat and boost your metabolic rate.
Sleep affects your metabolic rate. Sleeping at least seven to eight hours per night helps to balance the hormones involved in appetite regulation and keeps insulin, the master hormone of metabolism, regulated. Without consistent sleep, this delicate hormone balance is disrupted and metabolism slows down.
Well, there you have it – a few tips and tricks to help you see your New Year’s resolution through and make some long-term changes in your life. I wish you all a Happy and healthy New Year.
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