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The Key to Fat Loss Success — Make Adjustments

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Every year in February, some lose heart and begin to slowly abandon those lofty health, fat-loss and weight-loss goals. Are you getting discouraged one month into the year?

The goal-setting and visualization part of your fitness assessment is critical for your success. Infomercials many times give people the wrong information when it comes to losing weight.

Health, fitness and weight loss goals need to be long-term and grounded in reality. Even then, you will continually make adjustments to your fitness program due to circumstances such as:

- Illness, depression, injury, stale exercise routines, bad advice, over-eating, under-eating, binge-eating, too much cardio, too little strength training, over-training, under-training, confidence problems and limiting behaviors.

Making adjustments are good. Your health and fitness program never ends. And, as you change, your program needs to change.

So, one month into your program, what adjustments do you need to make to keep progressing? One trait you need to cultivate (if you don’t have it) is to never give up on your goals.

In a Mayo Clinic article, “Don’t give up on weight-loss resolutions,” by Donald Hensrud, M.D., he stated, “It's not uncommon to approach resolutions with lots of enthusiasm. After a couple weeks, your enthusiasm often lessens and it's back to those same old habits. These habits seem comfortable and are easy to fall back into, but they don't help you lose weight or improve your health long-term. Before you give up on this year's resolutions, try to take the following things into consideration.”

Two things he mentions that you should consider: 1) are you ready and 2) do you have a good plan. If you don’t have realistic plans to reach your goals, you are setting yourself up for failure. You can never reach unrealistic goals.

A Medical News Today article, “Planning Your Success Is Best Way For New Year's Resolution To Last,” said, “Breaking down your New Year's weight loss resolutions into small, manageable tasks you can work on every day is the best road to success.”

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February 4, 2012 - 7:28pm
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February 3, 2012 - 6:58pm
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