While we wish we could cut this story short and tell you there’s just one miraculous calorie-burning, fat-melting solution, that simply does not exist. The recipe for weight loss (burn more calories than you consume) hasn’t changed in years, but luckily, there are some new and improved ways to work within that equation.
Scroll through for our top 10 most important health and weight loss tips of 2014!
Bypass the weight machines and pick up heavier hand weights. Lifting heavier loads for fewer reps helps burn fat and create definition.
If you’re going to eat carbs, eat them as leftovers. Cold and reheated pastas and potatoes have more resistant starch than when they’re first prepared. Find out why that makes leftovers healthier here.
The health food blind spot exists. Knowing the facts on “healthy swaps” like agave instead of sugar and olive oil instead of butter can help you avoid unnecessary calories.
You already know that writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them, but don’t stop there. Write down everything from meals to workouts to help stick to your fitness goals.
Eat protein (aim for 20-35 grams) at every meal to give your muscles the fuel they need. Snack on it too. Eating protein every three hours keeps your metabolism up and running.
Yes, long cardio sessions burn calories, but they’re not your most effective option for fat loss. Find out why interval training is the better bet here.
Carbs are burned more efficiently earlier in the day. Go high-protein, low-carb at dinner for optimum weight loss.
Hidden sugars are lurking in all sorts of different foods, and consuming them is throwing your blood sugar out of whack. Learn how to identify and avoid them here.
Studies confirm that wearing a pedometer does help to increase activity levels. Find the one to help you reach your weight loss goals here.
Want to stop overeating and feel more satisfied after meals? Focus on each bite, and more specifically,practice mindful eating.
What are your health and fitness goals for 2015? Share them in the comments below!