Fitness Friday: Essential Tips On Accomplishing Your Weight Loss Goals

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/10/2014 | 10:45 AM EST

There’s a lot more to shedding pounds than curbing your diet

Weight loss can be a pain in the butt. No matter your weight loss goal - whether it be to lose baby fat or shed major pounds - it can be rather difficult staying the course. Between sticking to your diet and working out, keeping your focus and remaining driven can be a challenge. But what many people don’t realize is that weight loss doesn’t have to be such a drag. If you incorporate effective tactics, you can certainly meet your weight loss goals without a hassle. Luckily for you, Centric has a few tips for you to follow to help you with your quest to weight loss. Check them out.

Set Realistic Goals

This is probably the number one reason why so many people are unsuccessful at losing weight. For one, be sure to have a weight loss goal that is actually reasonable for your body type. You also want to make sure that you set a realistic time frame. If you think you’re going to shed pounds like you’re on "The Biggest Loser," you’re probably setting your goal too high. Weight loss requires a lifestyle change, one that is filled with patience and dedication. As they say, slow and steady wins the race.

Burn That Fat

Cutting carbs and restructuring your diet is essential for losing weight, but that alone won’t get you the results you need. The best way to shedding pounds is to stay active and burn weight. Whether it’s running on a treadmill, taking pilates or a tabatas class, cardio is a high priority if you want to lose body fat. Get up off that couch and get moving!

Have Portion Control

Sometimes even when you change your diet, you’ll find yourself still not losing the weight. Oftentimes this is because of a lack of portion control. Overeating is a very common phenomenon. People tend to eat more than they actually need to. While you may think you’re hungry, you’re really just overdoing it. Getting to the root of why you overeat and what causes your “hunger” is a good place to start. A helpful tip to eat portions the size of your fist. Don’t let the portion size fool you.

Drink Water

Water is not only essential, but it’s a great way to curb your hunger. Guzzling water keeps you feeling full, which means fewer calories consumed.

Keep a Weight Loss Diary

According to research, recording when and what you eat aids in losing weight. If you’re not the pen and pad kind of person, do it on your mobile or desktop. Keeping track of what you eat and when you eat it can help you recognize bad eating habits and where you need to make improvements.

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