It’s 2019 and Christmas has left its mark not only financially but on your waistline. It’s a New Year so it’s a perfect excuse to take action and make a change and drop that weight you’ve been trying to lose time and time again!

Here are some of my key tips to shedding those post-Christmas pounds.

1) Treat yourself

This is going to sound completely crazy but bear with me. As human beings we are all guilty of indulging ourselves once every so often. However, if you are someone who enjoys one biscuit too many or that extra glass of wine then it’s time to change.

Get a pen and paper and work out roughly how many treats or alcoholic drinks you are having on a weekly basis and I want you to cut it in half. By reducing the amount of treats you are having, you are getting the fix you crave but in a smaller quantity therefore reducing the amount of calories you’re consuming.

Long story short, it is not a bad thing to treat yourself provided it’s controlled.

2) Lift some weights

Lifting weights or “pumping iron” has a negative stigma of turning every man or woman who even looks at a dumbbell into some sort of hulking neanderthal! However, it has been proven time and time again that resistance training 3-5 times a week using multi-joint exercises can actually increase metabolism and strength levels; meaning that your ability to burn calories is increased and therefore increasing your potential to lose weight.

3) Mind over matter

To lose weight or to get in shape actually takes greater mental effort than physical effort. If you are one of those people who lacks motivation/discipline to get into shape then firstly address WHY you are making the change in the first place and identify a goal to aim for – what that is, is entirely up to you. That should start sparking some inspiration to hit the gym or to clean up your diet.

4) Be consistent

The old cliche “consistency is key” couldn’t be more applicable here! To lose weight and keep it off or to maintain a regular exercise routine requires a shift in mindset and daily habits as opposed to a short-term sacrifice. If you’re not used to exercising or dieting, start slow and make comfortable changes whether its exercising for 10 minutes 3 times a week or switching from fizzy drinks to water. These little changes may not sound like much but once they have become habits and become part of your routine then you can afford to make further changes to benefit your health and get greater results. It’s better to be doing a little bit often than something once in a while.

Happy New Year and good luck on your weight loss journey!

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