Fitness Tips: June 22, 2015

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Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Secrets to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

Get your head in the game
Losing weight is 50 percent attitude. If you aren't mentally, emotionally, and psychologically committed to making a change, it's not worth starting a weight-loss program.

Exercise daily
As long as you keep moving, you will be working toward your goal. The exercise component is so crucial to maintaining energy, boosting metabolism and helping you to feel better every day. Even the smallest amount of physical activity can reap big rewards. So keep moving!

Eliminate liquid calories
Even if you cut just one 20-ounce soda each day for a year, you'll save 91,000 calories and 108 cups of sugar – and potentially lose 26 pounds. The same goes for fruit juice, lemonade, sugary iced teas, and fancy coffee drinks made with whipped cream, chocolate, and sugary syrups.

Avoid trigger foods
Everybody has them – those irresistible foods that elicit the "I bet you can't eat just one" response. Recognizing and avoiding trigger foods is a great place to start. With "trouble foods" out of sight and out of mind, it will be easier to stick to your plan and stay in control of your eating.

Forgive slip-ups
Nobody eats perfectly all of the time. Learn to get right back on track at the next meal or the very next day. Remember, nobody gains weight from one rich dinner or a single slice of cake.

Set both short and long-term goals
Long-term goals are terrific, but short-term goals can be even more powerful because they reinforce success every step of the way. Celebrating these mini-achievements reminds you that hard work pays off, boosts your commitment level, and continually refreshes your motivation so you keep your head in the game.