It’s February, Bikini season will be here in three months. If you are reading this article, you are one of the few that has continued with her New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and look absolutely gorgeous this year. Whether you are a reformed couch potato or a hardcore gym goer, you will probably need a little motivation now and then. Here are three tips that will get you ready for the summer season.
Keep an Exercise and Food Diary
Exercise and food diaries are important because they keep you accountable and focused. By writing down everything you eat and jotting down every time you exercise, you can keep track of the calories that are going in and out of your body. An exercise and food diary can kept on a small tablet you keep in your purse or pants pocket, your phone, a diet and exercise tracking website or all three.
A good way to keep yourself accountable for your food intake and exercise regime, is to write down what you are eating and what you are doing at the exact time you are participating in one of these activities. In this way, you are able to avoid forgetting to write it down at a later time. Then, you can input these numbers into a diet and exercise tracking website to get your calorie intake and outtake for the day. An excellent website to use for this task is Sparkpeople. Sparkpeople has articles and a community that can help you stay on track. Plus, it enables you to find your calories for specific foods and the amount of calories expended during your chosen activity.
Find a Diet and Exercise Buddy
Buddies are good people to have when you are trying to lose weight. They can be your cheerleader when you are doing well, and your inspiration if you are not. A diet and exercise buddy does not have to have the same weight loss goals as you do, but they should also be trying to lose weight as it can make it more fun for the both of you. Many wonder … does the 3 week diet work. For instance, you and your diet and exercise buddy can have a competition to see who can lose the most pants sizes by the end of summer. The loser of the competition will have to buy the winner a new pair of pants in their smaller size.
If you have unlimited messaging, and your diet and exercise buddy is not within the same state as you, you can text them everything you eat and do throughout the day. If you do this, you will have logged your food intake and exercise on your phone which you could easily add to your diet and exercise diary or website later.
Take Videos of Your Progress
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but that person did not have a camera with video capability. The latest craze for dieters is to upload dieting videos onto YouTube to keep themselves motivated. Pictures are easy to pose for, but videos are hard to hide from. Thus, take videos of yourself when you start your weight loss program and continue to take your videos every week. If you are bold, you can upload your videos, but this is not necessary. Videos can also help you and your dieting buddy cheer each other on because you will be able to see the each other’s progres as the days go by.
Around this time, many people may have started giving up on their New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t be one of these people. Instead, keep a food and exercise diary, find a diet and exercise buddy, and start videoing your progress!