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Succeed at Weight Loss 2013

Here’s How You Can Succeed in 2013

The New Year is here; the year to succeed. That means you will be getting bombarded with the long parade of weight-loss offerings, from meal replacements to magic slimming pills; from magic slimming tops to reading a book and be slim the next day! Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself against weight-loss campaigns that don’t deliver and waste your time and more importantly, your money.

Here are some of the things that you may have tried in the past:

  • Low calorie diet
  • Atkins diet
  • Low-fat diet
  • Meal replacements
  • Over-the-counter pills for weight loss
  • Not eating past a certain time a day
  • Supplements found in health food stores
  • Aerobics or strength training
  • Exercise-at-home videos
  • Slimming clubs

The truth is, most of these are not permanent solutions or they are only partial solutions at best. 
If you’re going to succeed with your weight-loss goals in 2013 your weight-loss solution needs to have these crucial elements:

  • Nutritional Control
  • Resistance Training
  • Cardio Training
  • Habit-Based Coaching
  • Fun

Studies have shown repeatedly that although exercise is important, without nutritional control you will not succeed with your weight-loss goals. The problem is when we cut our calories too drastically we slow down our metabolism and all the processes in the body. The body does not know the difference between drastic voluntary calorie restriction and starvation. Also, highly processed foods disable our natural satiation mechanisms. So, we need to find a way to consume and track lower calorie whole foods that are easy to incorporate into our lives.

To succeed, resistance training is key. A high percentage of all the calories you burn everyday come from your resting metabolic rate (RMR). The problem is, as we age, our resting metabolic rate declines. We cannot make ourselves get any younger (unfortunately) but we can slow or even reverse our declining metabolic rate by adding muscle. We do this by incorporating resistance training. Not only does this speed up our resting metabolic rate (we burn more calories at rest or the “after-burn effect”) but it also helps us to feel stronger, helps our moods, helps us have a sense of well-being and helps prevent osteoporosis along with many other great benefits. Feeling strong feels good!

Cardio/Interval Training this is where we burn excess calories. If you’re doing traditional cardio for longer duration you’ll burn more calories while you are exercising, but not much after you’re done. Interval training is a great option. Although your calorie burn may only differ very slightly while you’re training, you will burn more calories in the hours AFTER you have trained with this shorter duration/increased intensity exercise training. If weight-loss is the goal, it is best to have a combination of traditional cardio for a long and steady duration and interval training incorporated into your weight-loss program.

98% of all self-directed weight-loss programs fail. The main reason they do not succeed is people try to change too much too fast. But if you focus and work on changing one habit at a time, you Succeed with Smart Goalshave a 76% chance of being successful in changing that habit. If you try to change two habits at the same time your chance of success drops to 35%. Most people approach the New Year and New Year’s resolutions with a kamikaze, 100% or nothing mentality. But just like sprinting, you can’t give 100% long-term. So within one, two, or maybe three weeks after the New Year most resolutions are dropped and forgotten about until the next year or until that “I’m fed up with being fat” feeling comes back again. And then it is like Groundhog’s Day every time one wants to lose weight…they start a new diet and start completely over again. Are you a yo-yo dieter?

Fun! As complicated as we think we are, anything we do or don’t do is done for only two reasons. The reason you do or don’t do anything is either to gain pleasure or to avoid pain or some combination of the two. It really comes down to just that. So, if you’re going to be successful with a weight-loss program or fitness program it needs to be FUN! Hopefully it has a social element where you can find people that you have things in common with, where you can make friends, and even do other things together. With our forums and Facebook Community Group and direct support from myself you can do just that.

Why Weight Ireland offers all this, and more. Each members gets access to the amazing food and exercise diary which will help you with your nutritional control, member’s receive their very own personal and tailored fitness plan which consists of aerobic, cardio and resistance training to get the most out of your weight loss plan. Along with these you get access to forums and our Facebook Community page where you can chat with like-minded people who are all offering support, encouragement and motivation to help you succeed.  The Why Weight Ireland weight loss & fitness plan is all about having fun while losing weight and getting fit. Our ethos is “everything in moderation” and weight loss should not be a painful chore but part of your lifestyle change.

So, whatever weight loss solution you choose to go with over this next year, remember it should include nutritional control, resistance training, cardio/interval training, and have habit-based coaching to help you take one step at a time. And above all it needs to be fun!

Now that you know why 98% of all other people will fail with their weight loss attempts, now you can succeed with yours!

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Hannah x

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About Hannah Nolan

Wife & Mother to Two Beautiful Children | Founder & Owner of Why Weight Ireland® | Ambassador for Athletics Ireland | Columnist for the Irish Runner Magazine | Love Running
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