Parents in Action: Keeping the weight off

At the beginning of the year, like most years, many parents make the resolution to get healthy and into shape. And up to now, you may have done well with your goals. But with the start of summer having arrived this past week, you may be worried about how you're going to stay in shape with all the barbecues and parties that are planned. You'll be happy to know that it's a lot easier for you to keep to your healthy eating habits with a little help techniques.

Start a Food Journal

Keeping a food journal is one of the most important tools you can use for weight loss and maintenance. People often overeat because they are unaware of what they are eating. By keeping a food journal, you are more accountable for your food choices. When starting a food journal, find a method that works best for you. Some people prefer a notepad and paper while others like using smart phone apps and websites. Whichever method you choose, recording meals daily and being honest will help you get the most out of a food journal.

Incorporate Exercise

Research shows that incorporating daily physical activity is vital for your health and weight maintenance. Exercise will help boost your energy, improve your mood, improve your sleep and prevent or manage serious health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Join a gym, start walking with a friend or take a dance class. Most importantly, make exercise a priority. Schedule your activities and write it down on your calendar so that you have no excuse to skip it.

Find Support

Support plays a critical role in maintaining weight loss goals. Many people who make New Year's Resolutions often fail to succeed because they do not have the support and encouragement they need to stay on track. If you are joining a weight loss program, make sure it includes counseling and motivation. Also ask your family and friends to support your efforts by joining in your healthy eating and consistent exercise.

The fact that more than half of people who make a New Year's Resolution are no longer sticking to it six months later proves that people need more than a resolution to achieve lasting weight loss. With these few steps you'll find it easier to stick to and continue achieving your weight loss goals over the summer.


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