Weight Management Tips That Work All Year Long
By Genevieve Cunningham
Weight management. It's one of those things that we don't really like to talk about, but it's definitely on our minds. Keeping a fit and healthy body is a goal for most people, and maintaining a particular weight is a part of that. Unfortunately, maintaining our weight is not always easy. Holidays, celebrations, and life events can make weight management a lot harder. But don't get too discouraged: There are things you can do to make the process just a little easier. If you're anxious to keep your weight under control, take a look at these tips that work year round.
Drink More Water Than Normal
For most people, consuming more water is necessary. In general, we don't drink enough water. Instead we like things that are flavored and caffeinated and calorie-ridden. But attempting to drink a little more water every day can yield big results. In fact, more water can bring benefits that range from clear skin to weight loss to mental clarity. If you're looking to maintain a healthy weight -- and to feel healthier overall -- make it a goal to drink more water and the results will come.
Move More Than Yesterday
Setting up and keeping an exercise routine can be intimidating. We often think of exercise as an all or nothing. But does it have to be? Absolutely not. Instead, make it a goal to move just a little bit more than the day before. That might mean taking the stairs one more time per day or making one lap around the block at lunch. It might mean an extra minute on the treadmill. While you won't be able to sustain this every single day, it can make a big difference when you keep the idea in mind. It may equal more movement overall. It may mean that you lead a more active lifestyle with less effort. Movement is key to weight management, and getting more movement can be easy if you keep the goals small and attainable.
Keep Realistic Goals
Sometimes we set goals that are just too big and out of reach. You're not going to lose 50 pounds in one month. You can't lose weight forever. And your weight will absolutely fluctuate. And all of that is OK! Don't constantly deprive yourself because of unrealistic goals. If you want to enjoy the holidays, do it, and then set a goal to get back on track afterward. If you have a celebration coming up, celebrate! And then make a plan for your health. We want to be healthy -- but we also want to enjoy life. Keeping your goals realistic can help you achieve both at once.
Keeping your weight under control is definitely important. It's part of a healthy body and mind, and it's part of a healthy lifestyle overall. But as we all know too well, weight management can be tough! Use these tips to maintain a healthy weight for your body, and you'll feel better than ever all year long.
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