The most common resolution every New Year is a commitment to lose weight and eat better. Having been successful in this realm in the past, this article will outline some things that I have already done, and some things I will do this year to lose the last 10 pounds and look hot in a bikini for my tropical wedding in 2011.
Things I have already done to lose weight in 2010 include exercising daily, eating smaller portions (including splitting every restaurant meal), eating protein (greek yogurt) for breakfast daily, and snacking on raw almonds during the work day. I also am a proponent of having a positive attitude and surrounding yourself with positive people. Without positive support, weight loss is a very uphill battle.
Things I will commit to do in 2011 to lose the last 10 pounds require some tweaking to an already healthy routine.
Drink More Water
I do not drink enough water, and feel that my weight loss efforts would benefit from drinking at least 64 oz of water per day. A study published in the journal “Obesity” in February 2010 found that dieting adults that drank approximately 2 cups of water before a meal had greater weight loss than those who did not.
Add Cross Training to My Exercise Routine
I have been primarily using cycling, either on road, mountain biking or on a trainer, as my workout during this past year. I have done very little weight training or cross training. A 2010 study followed post menopausal women over 6 years, and found those who had performed resistance training were able to maintain or improve their body weight and percentage of fat significantly compared to those who performed little to no resistance exercise. At 41 years old, I need to make resistance training a priority.
Drink Green Tea
As an avid coffee drinker, I have often read of the benefits of green tea and have considered exchanging a cup of my beloved joe for a cup of the green stuff. As it turns out, a 2009 study in the Journal of Nutrition compared the benefits of green tea to caffeine alone in exercising adults. Those adults who drank the green tea showed greater changes in the total abdominal fat area compared to the caffeine group alone. That is enough to convince me that this will be an excellent addition to the 2011 New Year’s Diet Resolutions.
Try some of these tips yourself for a successful diet resolution for 2011!