Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Get Into Better Shape?

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Did you ever wonder why all the hype about getting in better shape and losing weight lasts a few weeks for people and then voila it becomes a goal that just does not stick. Here are some tips and tricks for better adherence. First and foremost, if you know what you value in life then sustaining your weight becomes a lifestyle change not a once-a-year goal that evaporates like snow. If you want to make it stick, here are some simple principles to follow from some of the leading habit gurus:
 
1.    Write out your “Why.” Why do you value losing weight and sustaining it? Could it be so you can fit better into your clothes; or you just feel better overall; or you want to be able to move and think better to live an active life? Doing activities that are physically demanding without a doubt require you to keep a healthy weight! Did you know that if you are fatter, you have less brain function? Maybe your “why” is to not be a statistic for dementia.
 
Fun facts on Visceral Fat and Your Brain Function!
Yes, clinical research shows visceral fat is linked to affecting your brain. Visceral fat is a type of body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and is located around the internal organs. It is also known as “organ fat” or “intra-abdominal fat.” Visceral fat is different from subcutaneous fat, which is the fat that is stored just under the skin. Visceral fat is considered more dangerous to a person’s health than subcutaneous fat because it has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. The main finding from the study was that individuals with the highest level of visceral fat area had significantly reduced cortical thicknesses (less cortical thickness = less brain power) in the global, parietal, temporal, cingulate, and insular lobes, as compared with those with the middle level of visceral fat area. These associations did not significantly differ by sex either.
 
2.     Chunk It!  Once you have solidified your “Why,” think of the amount of time you want and need to allocate towards getting into shape. Oftentimes we find patients think they need 2 hours daily to achieve this goal of health, which does not set you up for success. Begin with the end in mind. Your end game should be “get in a healthy shape,” whatever that means to you. We will talk about meaning in just a moment but allocated at least 20 minutes to start doing something daily to achieve this new you. We recommend trying to do this first thing in the morning if time allows. Pay yourself first thing in the morning so no excuses.
 
3.    Less Thinking More Doing!  We all tend to overthink at one stage or another on anything; getting healthy is no different. How many times have you made up excuses in your head as to why not to do “X” for a leaner waist line? Instead of planting the seed of why not, plant the seed of “CAN DO!”. We are constantly telling our patients seriously, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” living healthy is a choice.
 
4.    Something Is Better Than Nothing. It is too easy to say, “I had a bad day…I do not have 20 minutes to my day today etc.” Instead, turn this thinking around to doing something. Maybe you only have 5 minutes to yourself to think, be, and do something healthy for yourself. Do it! You at least have 5 minutes to do something to better your health. Right?
 
5.    The Motivational Carrot. Find your Health Nudge Word…yes, your mojo encouragement that gets you towards a slimmer healthier you. The Health Nudge Word helps you stay focused rather than have a long laundry list of health goals. You can still write those out, but a word that literally “Gets You To Move” in a healthy lifestyle direction is the key. It could be any one of the following that keep you on track:
 
Balance // Breathe // Nourish // Energize// Rejuvenate// Exercise// Burn// Cut // Trim// Slim// Shrink // Track// Change

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