Top 10 Keys To A Successful New Years
Resolution For Weight Loss & Fitness!

When all the celebrating of the holiday
season is over, 60% of American adults will
resolve to "lose weight and get in shape"
for the new year! After years of helping
people reach their weight loss goals, I've
put together 10 keys to help make your New
Year's resolution for weight loss and
fitness a successful one!

1. Do some type of aerobic exercise (walking,
jogging, swimming, stationary cycling,
aerobic dancing, etc.) on a DAILY basis...
preferably in the morning! Try to average 30
to 60 minutes per day. However, if some days
you can only do 15 minutes, that's still a lot
better than doing nothing! Forget this
twice-a-week stuff! Our bodies were designed
to be active on a daily basis! When we are,
our metabolism is super-charged and it also
puts us in a "healthy" frame of mind. People
who have exercised in the morning make better
food choices during the day.

2. Tone your muscles with weight training
three days per week. Toned muscles really boost
your metabolism and cause you to burn more
calories 24 hours a day…yes, even while you're
sleeping you'll be burning more calories! Toned
muscles look good too!

3. Always eat breakfast! Skipping breakfast
sends a message to your body that you're
"starving" because you haven't had food in 18+
hours. As a protective mechanism, your
metabolism slows down and your body begins to
burn your muscle as fuel.

4. Avoid fad diets! For healthy, permanent
weight loss, develop an active lifestyle and
concentrate on eating carbohydrates such as
fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and limit
the amount of fat you consume.

5. Eat earlier in the day! Research has
demonstrated that you can lose weight simply
by eating a substantial breakfast and lunch,
and a light dinner. Dinner should be eaten as
early as possible, preferably at least three
hours before bedtime.

6. Don't eat less than 1200 calories per day!
Less than 1200 is usually not enough to support
your basal metabolism and thus will slow your

7. Look for situations to be active. Park as
far from the store as you can rather than
looking for the closest parking spot. Use the
stairs rather than the elevator, a rake rather
than a blower, etc. Look for the "difficult"
way to do things…the way the requires the most

8. Avoid alcohol! I call alcohol the "triple
whammy"! It depresses your metabolism, stimulates
your appetite and it's loaded with calories!

9. Drink 60+ ounces of water a day. Your body
needs plenty water to function properly...
especially during weight loss. Water can also
help you to feel full. Carry a bottle of water
with you and drink frequently throughout the day.

10. Avoid the "3 P's"....weight loss pills,
powders, and potions! There are NO quick fixes!

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