You’ve heard it all before, a New Year, a New You. Weight loss is the most common New Year’s Resolution in the world. And if you’re like the most people, you resolve to lose weight at the beginning of every new year. But most people give up before February.
People swear off sugar and promise to run 5 miles a day. We make crazy diet and workout plans that are unrealistic and impossible to stick to. The Military Diet guarantees weight loss and is easy to stick to, if you can handle the occasional hunger pang.
We’ve gathered some really simple weight loss resolutions that you can do while you’re on the Military Diet and on your time off the diet too. They may sound like no-brainers, but they actually work!
Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day.
Drinking water suppresses your appetite and enhances weight loss. It might sound difficult to drink so much water, but it’s probably one of the best and easiest things you can do to encourage weight loss. Most of us function in a state of mild dehydration already, so make a schedule if you need to. Drink a glass of water before every meal. And drink one glass every 2 hours. Carry a water bottle. Set your phone timer… You get the point.
Eat vegetables at every meal
Veggies are rich in fiber and low in calories, making them the perfect food to feel full on a diet.
Walk for 20 minutes every day
People make elaborate new year’s workout plans that are hard to stick to, but it’s really as simple as walking 20 minutes a day. If you carve out a mere 20 minutes a day for exercise, you won’t have any reason to skip it! If you can incorporate walking into your way of life, like going to the store, or picking up lunch, even better. Walking is enjoyable and free, but it helps you lose more weight and become stronger.
Eat fruit instead of processed snacks.
When you get that mid afternoon energy lull, reach for an apple or banana instead of a Snickers bar (which has three times the calories of an apple). Drink an unsweetened herbal tea with your fruit to fill up even more. Don’t swear off snacks for good, but substitute healthy snacks for fake food. It’s so easy to carry an apple in your bag and you’ll be less likely to make bad and impulsive decisions.
Sleep 8 hours a night
Not getting enough sleep makes you fat. Sleep deprivation slows down your metabolism, disrupts hormones and messes with gut bacteria. If you want to lose weight, sleep needs to be a priority. Research says that people who sleep less, end up eating more calories the next day, especially because they make bad food choices when they’re tired.
Stop drinking soda
Between the empty calories and high sugar content, it should be obvious why we need to stop drinking soda altogether. If you miss the bubbles, try no calorie carbonated waters like LaCroix or San Pellegrino. Sweetened soda and other high-calorie drinks can add inches to your waist if you drink them on a regular basis. Research suggests that over consumption of sugary drinks is associated with weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
People have been saying this for years because it works! Climbing stairs is the ultimate fat burner and it tones your legs and belly.