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Your Weight Management Year In Review

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Review your year in weight management to monitor your strategies for improving your body’s composition (less fat, more muscle mass) and health. This goes beyond the standard New Year’s resolutions which many times die by February or March.

So, you don’t have a weight management strategy? You should try it--starting today. It really does work. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate strategy. And you might need some feedback from your workout buddy, spouse or personal trainer. You need to do one thing for sure--write down your strategy and post it where it's easily visible (the refrigerator is a great place for it).

Your weight management strategy should have no more than five take-action steps. Keep it simple, realistic and measurable. Body fat percentage can be measured. How much fat those expensive supplements burn cannot be measured (they don’t work anyway!).

Remember, you want to manage your weight because it will improve your health. Looking fit and beautiful are the fringe benefits and not the other way around. So, when was the last time you had a full-blown physical exam? Too long you say? Guess what’s number one on the review list?

Here’s an example of review list that will work, but feel free to use something similar:

1. Have your health numbers improved this year? Has your blood pressure improved? Are you closer to 120/80 (normal BP) or 140/90 (hypertension)? What about those triglyceride levels (blood fat)? Do you know the difference between good and bad cholesterol? Have you ever had your bone density checked? If you haven’t been poked and prodded by your doctor in a while, get it done this week!

2. What was your body fat percentage this time last year? Have you reduced it? The key to your permanent weight loss is to burn body fat and change your composition. That’s how you get lean and toned.

Just losing weight will not get the job done. Yo-yo dieters are famous for losing 30 pounds and regaining 50 pounds. Meanwhile, their health and body fat continues to worsen. Check your body fat percentage once a week to see how you are progressing.

3. How much do you weigh?

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