Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tips for Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

How many of you made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, get more exercise and to eat healthier? Many of us make these resolutions every year with meaningful intention but most of us fail within a few weeks. I personally know that I am guilty of that myself.

Today I am sharing with all of you a timely article from a health and nutrition expert Joey Thurman.

You Made New Year’s Resolutions. Now KEEP Them. Tips for Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

You made New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise more, and treat your body like the temple it is. This year, if you want to avoid becoming one of the roughly 92 percent of individuals who fail to achieve their New Year’s resolution in 2015, keep reading.

Fitness expert and nutrition expert Joey Thurman, founder of The Lifestyle Renovation, has helped countless celebrities and everyday people achieve their health and fitness goals. “About one in six people who lose 30 pounds or more gain it back,” says Thurman. “And it’s often because they’ve never been taught how to lose weight the right way. That’s no way to keep a resolution.”

Thurman offers five tips for those watching their weight and hitting the gym so that 2015 is the year they lose those extra pounds …and keep them off!

Slow and steady wins the race: Too often, folks begin a weight loss regimen too quickly and push too hard, and that’s a recipe for disaster. “There’s nothing wrong with being excited about getting in shape,” says Joey. “But you have to be aware of your physical limitations so you don’t risk injury or burn out too quickly. Slow and steady always wins the race.”

Don’t skimp on calories: One of the biggest mistakes you can do is not to eat healthy, balanced meals. “People think that skipping breakfast or starving themselves is a good way to lose weight,” Joey says. “But your body adapts and begins holding onto existing fat, making weight loss more difficult.

But don’t go overboard, either: It’s easy to begin justifying overeating if you’re committed to a fitness plan. “It gets dangerous when you start eating poorly simply because you’re working out,” warns Joey. “Achieving weight loss goals is 90 percent what you eat, and 10 percent how effective you exercise. You can’t do just one or the other.”

Aim for marginal improvement on multiple fronts: Rather than killing yourself on the elliptical machine, Joey advises making small changes to your daily habits. “People get discouraged because they put in two hours on the treadmill but don’t see results in a couple weeks,” says Joey. “I advise making smaller adjustments to your daily life, which can have a greater impact on your health. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Swap out one unhealthy snack for a plain Greek yogurt, add your own fruit, and sprinkle on some cinnamon, which lowers the glycemic index of any food. Those choices add up.”

Don’t get derailed by an injury: One of the most common setbacks for those hitting the gym is an overuse injury. “It is possible – advisable even – to work around injuries,” Joey says. “If you strain your hamstring running, take that opportunity to get in the pool or engage your upper body. Just don’t quit.”

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be recipes for failure, and if these tips are followed diligently, 2015 can be the year of success...and no more excuses.

About Joey Thurman: Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, and nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. He has appeared on CBS, FOX, ABC, and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer and published author. Joey’s work has been featured in publications such as, Racked, TimeOut Chicago, RedEye, and American Global Traveler. Joey is a fashion model represented by Chosen Model Management where he works with brands including Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, Jockey, and Carson Pirie Scott. He has also appeared on the covers of Healthy for Men and TimeOut Chicago. Joey is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with the American Council on Exercise, a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) and a FITchef. For more information, please visit and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.

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