Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year's Weight Loss Tips From 'The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp'

How much do you love watching people toil and torment to struggle to fit into their 'goal outfits' while you sit back on your couch eating popcorn? Yeah, it's a guilty pleasure many of us have, but there is a lot we can all learn from watching 'The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp", not to mention the much needed motivation it provides (for some of us). And as we enter a brand new year with brand new resolutions (or the same ones from last year), it's the perfect time to collect some useful tips from one of the shows' personal trainers and nutritionists, Nadeen Boman.

Despite not returning to the show this season, Boman offered some excellent pointers for those needing a few weight loss hints that are especially helpful as we kick off 2011.
Firstly, according to Boman, "Everybody knows we don't live up to New Year's resolutions--the term is almost jinxed," -- so what do we do about this? Set realistic goals. If you set unrealistic goals and don't reach them, you'll probably give up. Set smaller short-term goals that you expect to reach in the next 2 weeks, month, 3 months and so on, as well as long-term ones. We tend to set huge goals that we expect to reach ASAP, whereas those goals are more realistically attainable in a year or maybe two.

Her next tip is to be consistent. Treat this your workout schedule like your work schedule - be accountable, set and keep appointments. Plan ahead, schedule your workouts and actually do them.

Her third tip is to write it down. Make your goals and progress visible. Connect your thoughts and actions. One handy tip is to get a calendar, make checkboxes for workouts and fill them in or tick them off when you do them. Think of it like the stickers you used to get back in elementary school as a reward for doing well. Also, be sure to track and journal your struggles, progress and weight loss. Do you feel stronger? Are workouts easier? What was your weight?

Finally, call in back up, and not just in desperate times. Any way you can get motivation is great - whether it's a friend, your playlist, your family or your 'goal outfit' - have a reason to do what you're doing and it won't seem so hard!

All in all, if you're realistic about your goals and the process of achieving them, you're more likely to stick to the plan and reap the rewards. All you need to start with is a pen and paper!