Just about everyone ends their holidays with a little more cheer in their hearts and a few extra inches around their waist. However, just because their pants may fit a little bit tighter, there's no need to fret. With just a little bit of work, those pounds can be shed in a matter of weeks.
Sure, everyone thinks that at the start of the new year, they are finally going to begin an exercise routine. However, getting that goal from being just an idea and into actual practice is the key to shedding unwanted fat picked up from holiday treats.
To create a successful exercise routine, it's suggested to start off slow. Rather than running for 5 miles a day, it may be better to being with a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. Jumping in too fast is a great way to create burnout.
Juicers aren't just for fitness freaks anymore. Now, with improved technology, juicers can squeeze more nutrients out of fruits and veggies, are cleaned easier, and the end product tastes better. Using a juicer allows those on a diet to power-pack a quick snack or a meal replacement with vitamins and nutrients, giving their body what it needs to shed pounds fast.
Studies show that weight loss goals are more likely to be met if the subject has a friend or family member trying to lose weight too. This support system allows both parties to brag about their success, encourage one another through tough times, and share exercise or healthy meal ideas.
Taking a stroll to a local museum or antique shop will reveal a startling fact: plates and bowls have gotten larger over the years. These super-sized dishes encourage everyone to take larger portions during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Experts suggest that those trying to lose weight leave at least a 1/3 of their plate clear of food. However, buying smaller plates works just as well and encourages healthier eating for everyone in the house.
Far too many people judge their health by the numbers on their bathroom scale. However, for the best results, a person trying to shed unwanted fat should also monitor their BMI, WHR, and body fat percentage.
Body mass index, or BMI, is a simple ratio of a person's height to their weight. Generally speaking, a healthy BMI for adults falls between 18.5 and 24.9.
Waist to height ratio, or WHR, is a comparison of a person's height to their waist measurement. This ratio is frequently ignored, but research suggests that a person's WHR is a better judge of overall health than BMI.
Body fat percentage, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like. For healthy living, a person's body fat percentage should be neither too high nor too low. However, finding a person's exact body fat percentage can be a challenge. Generally, experts recommend using a hand-held monitor and taking the measurement at the same time every day.
Monitoring all three measurements can better track progress and overall health rather than a bathroom scale alone.