If you are like most, you made a resolution on Monday to lose weight this year. What makes 2020 different? Why is now the time it will stick? If you don't have a plan, you certainly might find yourself in the same place on the first day of 2021 as well. Those who make a plan that is best for themselves will have a much higher rate of success with their weight loss resolution.
With so many weight loss plans out there, it's hard to know where to begin. Here is a brief overview and what type of person will do best at each type of plan:
Simply stated, this means cutting calories. With a hypocaloric diet, most people arbitrarily pick a calorie goal each day, typically 1200-1500 calories. The problem with this type of weight loss plan is that you end up with hunger and cravings, which can lead to falling off the wagon and binge eating. This is also not a great way to lose weight if you want to lose fat pounds because when we merely cut our calories, we tend to burn muscle and fat. Who this is for: No one!
Joining the Gym
Exercise has numerous benefits and is an excellent option for those looking to maintain their weight and overall health. If weight loss is something you are after, be sure to speak with a trainer or health coach to work on a meal plan as well. Otherwise, all of the hours in the gym can be undone by one bad meal. Who this is for: Those who are self-motivated and love a routine.
Medically Supervised Weight Loss Clinics
Regardless of which plan you choose, look for a clinic with credentialed and experienced health coaches and staff. One reason many people will stop their weight loss program is the lack of accountability. When you have someone holding you accountable each week and are following a structured program with guidance and support, your chances of success are much higher. Who this is for: Those who need structure and accountability.
Going Extreme With One Thing
Whether it be cutting all processed foods, eliminating sugar, or even going vegan, it can be too much too fast if you go extreme. While the intention and willpower are there, it may cause feelings of deprivation. That's why it's best to make difficult changes like this in steps. If your goal is to eliminate sugar, start with a food journal and spot the items you typically eat containing a lot of sugar. This is a great time to check the labels on your favorite items again. Once you know your starting point, you can start to eliminate items over the next few weeks. If you can make it a lifestyle change (and not a “fad diet” quick fix), you will be much more likely to make it a permanent change.
Who this is for: Those who want to start with small steps and make lasting changes.
Whichever method you choose, stick with it and make this the healthiest year yet.