5 scientifically proven ways to make sure you can stick to that New Year’s resolution to lose weight
Think back to previous years post Christmas, pre New Years; you made some kickass resolutions to lose weight and live healthier you even bought the workout gear and mentally prepared yourself for success.
Then somewhere along the days and weeks, you lost that focus and motivation when life got in the way.
Here are 5 scientifically backed, foolproof ways to get your weight loss into focus again to give you the motivation you need to start the New Year with energy and attitude.
5 scientifically proven ways to stay on track with your New Year’s resolution to lose weight
1) ‘Breakfast like a King’
This old saying rings true when it comes to weight loss.
An experiment involving a restricted calorie diet for obese adults, saw them split into two groups: eating either a protein-rich 600 calorie breakfast or a 300 calorie breakfast.
Those eating 600 calories in the morning were more likely to stick to their calorie restricted diet and were less tempted to eat unhealthy foods during the day.
Eating breakfast, especially a protein-rich breakfast, not only keeps you full, but it also affects the way in which your brain reacts during the day.
Dopamine known as the reward chemical increases when you eat a protein-rich breakfast, reducing the cravings for high-fat foods.
You don’t need scientific research to tell you eating vegetables are crucial to weight loss and living a healthier life.
Scientists investigated over 300 dieters and found that regardless of what diet people were on, i.e. Atkins, Mediterranean, low fat/high carb, the most significant predictor for weight loss was the number of vegetables eaten.
Depending on your fitness, you may be delighted or upset by this scientific fact: 30 minutes of exercise is all you need for weight loss.
Researchers looked at obese men who exercised for 30 minutes and 60 minutes and surprisingly found that the 30-minute group lost more weight than the 60-minute group.
Scientists attributed this to the exhaustion of willpower, making the 60-minute group more vulnerable to giving in to cravings or that this group justified eating an unhealthy diet due to their exercise time.
If you haven’t got a 30-minute chunk of time available to you, space your workouts in 10-minute intervals over the day.
Try this 10-minute butt and thigh workout TODAY!
5) Mindful eating
Mindful eating has been often overlooked in this hectic and fast-paced world we live in.
If we all ate mindfully, obesity and related health issues would be greatly reduced.
In one research study, obese adults on the same calorie controlled diet were separated into two groups: mindfully count the number of bites taken per meal while the other group ate normally.
The group that was counting, that is, mindful of how much they were eating per meal, not only lost more weight, they also reported feeling satisfied quicker than the other group.
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