Is losing weight among your New Year Resolutions? If so, you're not alone. Many of us like to begin the year with goals regarding our health and looks. In addition, many of us ate more than usual during the Holidays, which translates into extra weight in January. Is this also your case?
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Seeing myself in the Christmas pictures was a tough eye opener. I was unhappy by what I saw and a subsequent travel to the scale did nothing to improve my mood. Changes were needed, immediately. I've been trying to eat better, but my weight just won't budge. Also, I'm a sedentary person who doesn't enjoy exercise.
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I asked my brother-in-law (he's a bodybuilder) about his weight losing techniques, especially after he told me he LOST over 12 pounds DURING the Holidays. His recommendations included a food journal and dividing my food intake into five smaller meals. I've only been doing it for 3 days so far and I'd like to share my experiences with you.
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The food journal has been surprising. I write down everything I eat during the day and try to calculate the calories, rounding up just in case. I wasn't aware of how much I actually eat. I'm trying to stay under 2300 calories a day and, let me tell you, it ain't easy. Since I'm eating smaller meals, I never feel completely satisfied, although I'm not starving either. It's great to be able to eat anything I want, albeit in smaller portions.
I hope to get positive results out of this big change. I'm aware I should also include exercise in my new routine, but let's take it slowly, shall we? I'll let you know how it works out. In the mean time, care to share your own strategies in the comments?