January is here, and while we all started the New Year with exciting intentions to live healthier and more active lives, not everyone has stuck to those goals thus far.  The key to success in building healthy habits is to make small lifestyle changes and track your progress. 

Here’s a quick guide on how to motivate yourself to build healthy habits and lose weight.

Have you ever wished that you could just make changes to your diet and lifestyle and magically loose weight? Well, we’re here to tell you that it is possible.

TIP 1: FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY

Exercising should be enjoyable. If you pick an activity that involves other people, such as a dance class or playing a team sport, it’s easier to stick with it for the long term. Find something that will make you feel good about yourself, too. Feeling better about your body will help you stick to a habit and eventually turn into a routine.

TIP 2: SET REALISTIC GOALS

Start out by setting small goals for yourself. For example, if you haven’t been active in a while, try taking a 5-minute walk around your neighborhood every day this week. Next week, try walking for 10 minutes everyday. The third week, work up to 15 minutes a day, and so on until you’re up to 30 minutes a day or more (3 hours total). Then set another goal for yourself or another healthy habit.

TIP 3: KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS

First of all, keeping a weight loss habits journal is important because it allows you to keep track of your progress. Visualizing your weight loss is a great way to stay motivated. Keep track of the number on the scale, what you weigh in clothes and how your clothes fit. If you begin to lose inches, keep track of those as well. You should weigh yourself once a week at the same time and keep track of you habits and food intake in your journal so you know what worked and what not.

TIP 4: FIND SUPPORT

The best way to stick to any new habit is to have a support system. And that includes your partner, friends, family, co-workers or a coach.

Being fit is not a solo mission! Losing weight is something that should be done with the help of others. Finding support can make it easier to avoid temptations and maintain your motivation. 

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TIP 5: START EATING HEALTHIER

“But I can’t afford it,” you say? Who said anything about eating out or buying fancy foods? A healthy diet doesn’t have to be expensive. You can start eating healthy right now by cutting out these three things: processed food, fast food, and junk food and replace them with whole foods including lots of veggies, healthy proteins and fats.

Here’s what you’ll gain from eating healthier:

  • You’ll save money because you’ll buy less and spend less on medical bills.
  • You’ll feel more energetic and active in your day-to-day life.
  • Your stress levels will go down a bit because you’re more relaxed and able to think clearly.
  • Your immune system will get stronger, so you won’t get sick as often or for as long when you do get sick.
  • You’ll sleep better at night because the junk food is out of your system and your body will be better able to rest and recover during the night.
  • Your confidence level will rise because you feel better all around — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually — and that feeling of confidence can help bolster your career, relationships, and social life in general.”

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In conclusion, we can all make small changes in our lives that lead us on the road in building healthy habits thus lead to a healthier lifestyle, especially when we are focused on making small changes one at a time. All you have to do is to commit yourself to these daily habits and stick with them!

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