Resolve to Lose Excess Body Fat and Gain Self-Esteem

What's America's #1 New Year's Resolution?

Yes, you guessed it. Americans resolve to lose weight. So it's not out of the question to assume this resolution may be on your list for this year. If so, please keep in mind that achieving your health and fitness goals is not a day-to-day, week-to-week or month-to-month endeavor. The key to keeping this New Year's resolution is changing your lifestyle.

Although the term "weight loss" is the hot button, we believe fat loss is the real issue. In order to lose excess body fat, you must take care of your body and nurture your emotional state as well. So it is important to remember as fat is lost, you should also help yourself gain self-esteem. Don't put your self-esteem on a weight loss plan. Below are some practical tips to effective fat loss and esteem enhancement.

1.Take some time to learn. Don't be a "dense dieter." Of course, we suggest one of the original lifestyle diets, the Zone Diet. As creator of this world famous way of living and eating, he has written 11 Zone-related books and many include easy recipes. Buy a Zone book and try the recipes on your family! Get yourself into the nutritional state of mind. Becoming knowledgeable will help you to internalize a healthy lifestyle you can follow with sincere understanding and confidence.

2. Although weighing yourself is important, it's more important to let your clothes speak for themselves. Monitor how your clothes are fitting you. That's much more gratifying and less defeating.

3. If you were thinner in earlier years of your life, keep your slim pictures taped to your mirrors and carry one in your wallet. Take pictures of yourself every month and put them in a scrapbook. It's important to have a realistic view of your soon-to-be self.

4. Don't throw away that old pair of jeans that fit a little too tight. Keep them around because one day, you will slide into them. No more tugging and squeezing. Set a realistic date for trying on the old jeans so you aren't disappointed.

5. Beware of the binge. Don't set yourself up for failure, which can play havoc with self-esteem. Have a healthy snack in between meals that will keep you satisfied so you're less likely to overeat at the next full meal. We suggest eating one-half of an OmegaZone Meal Replacement Bar. Trust us, you will be less likely to stop at your favorite fast food joint for a double cheese burger and super fries.

6. Select an exercise program that you look forward to doing. This could mean taking a belly dancing class, running with your dog, or participating in group sports. Do something you love while burning calories. What could be better for the body or the spirit!

7. Add "superfoods" to your diet; such as, nuts and seeds, beans and sprouts and green foods. Get into the habit of buying them and jazz up your diet and the nutritional profile of the your recipes as well.

8. Keep a diet journal. Watch your goals materialize on paper as you write. Write down your tendencies, your exercise routines, your meals, your favorite recipes and your progress. It will work wonders for your mind and your body!

9. Don't forget to reward yourself for a job well done. Buy a fabulous new outfit each time you drop a size. Get a manicure. Treat yourself to a special day in May or June to a spa treatment or a day on the golf course during working hours. Nurture the artist in yourself and treat yourself to a museum. Pat yourself on the back for all the hard work.