3 Ways to Lose Weight in 2012

Whether it’s a New Years goal or just something you’ve been meaning to do, losing weight can be tricky, but it’s surprisingly straightforward. All you need to do to lose weight is reduce the calories you’re eating and exercise. You can even skip some of the exercising some studies have said and still wind up with a weight loss. But if it’s really that simple, why don’t we all look thin and healthy?

Find a personal measure. If you’re going to be working out while you work at losing weight, it will be hard to tell how much fat you’ve lost without a set of calipers. So if you’re not going to measure your body fat all over your body, grab your favorite pair of jeans. Start with jeans that fit you right now comfortably. The ones you can run around in all day. These are your starting point. Every time you put the jeans on, they should feel loose and looser, even if the number on the scale isn’t dropping very much. If they start feeling tighter, something in your new fitness plan is going badly.

Log your foods online. Some diets are better than others, and while cutting calories is good, documenting those calories is even better. Use one of the newest calorie counting programs that is available online and as an app to keep tally of your calories. The best programs also help you keep track of how much fat you’ve eaten, how much protein and fiber as well making them an ideal tool in staying on top of weight loss.

Get more rest. No matter how little you’re eating, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re going to have a hard time being healthy and losing weight. Your body needs sleep in order to function properly and that includes losing weight and getting healthy. A nice healthy amount of sleep is between 7 and 9 hours per night – if you’re not sleeping that much, skip the late show and turn in earlier. You’ll feel better for it.