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Are you a busy college student that is determined to meet your weight loss goals this year?As a busy college student, you CAN make smart choices every day and develop new eating habits that will leave you feeling satisfied—and winning the battle of the bulge. (Image credit: Google image)
If healthier habits and weight loss are among your New Year’s resolutions, give yourself a pat on the back for making health a top priority. There are plenty of small but powerful ways to avoid common dieting pitfalls, achieve lasting weight loss success, and develop a healthier relationship with food.
The hard part is actually sticking to your goal and making real changes!
Here are 8 tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution
- Meet mini-goals – Make small every week and they will add up in time. It’s easier to move little pebbles than an entire mountain, right? For example…
- Remove the temptations – Go into your kitchen and remove all bad foods from your refrigerator and pantry that will block your weight loss goals. This step is very crucial step since the temptation to cheat will be increased 10-fold if you have cheat foods lingering inside your home. Now, fill your kitchen with healthy, nutrient dense food, such as:
- Lean protein (chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, egg whites)
- Fresh fruits (oranges, apples, grapes, strawberries)
- Raw vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli, squash, green beans, red peppers)
- Healthy Snack Foods (nonfat cottage cheese, sugar free Jell-O, protein bar)
- Bottled Water
- Set a definite date – If you just say you’re going to meet your goal sometime within the year that will not work. In fact, you will probably fall into the “I’ll start next week” trap. Instead, mark your calendar for a certain date for each goal that you want to achieve. For example, by March you want to be walking 3 miles a day. Setting a definite date is a great way to make sure you stick with your plan!
- Write your goals down – If you want to truly do something, write it down. Journals, food diaries and to-do lists are extremely important to your weight loss plan. Put it somewhere that will keep you reminded of the promise you have made. The fridge is a great place since this is the main area that will make or break your resolution. Refer to your contract daily to remind yourself of your long-term goal.
Week 1: drink 10 glasses of water per day
Week 2: Switch to diet sodas. And so on.
- Enlist the help of family and friends – You don’t have to go it alone! Tell your friends and family what you want to accomplish and tell them how they can help you (and warn them of what doesn’t help). Telling someone else your goals will probably make you feel that much more dedicated to reaching them. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a weight loss buddy among your peers who will join you on your journey to weight loss.
- Details, details – Keep a thorough record of your weight loss, dietary intake and how you’re feeling. By keeping this diet diary and food journal, you will be able to truly see what you’re consuming, where your problem areas are, and what your emotional state is.
- Photograph yourself – Pictures don’t lie. Snap three pictures every week including a profile shot, frontal shot and rear shot. Include these with your diet diary and journal so you can see how your body looks each week while you make changes to your diet and exercise program.
- Set realistic goals – Remember, it did not take you two weeks to gain those extra 25 pounds so it definitely will not take only two weeks to lose it all! It’s a marathon not a sprint. Think lifestyle change, not short-term diet.
Create new healthy habits that will eventually turn your “diet” into a truly healthy lifestyle to last a lifetime! Even if you are a busy college student juggling a job, school, and family, once you incorporate the important tips above, you will have a better road map to succeed with your New Year’s weight loss resolution!
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