With the start of each new year, many people will set themselves New Year’s resolutions – some more realistic than others! The most popular of these tends to be losing weight and getting in shape. However, despite best intentions, many people will find discouragement after only a few days or weeks. In the end, it often means yet another year of resolutions are made and broken. So, how can you break this cycle?
The key is to start your new year with specific goals that you know you can achieve. For example, if you aim to lose half a kilo each week, that’s two kilos by the end of the month. Then, once you’ve reached that milestone, celebrate your success and set a new, attainable goal for the next month.
With Isagenix products and systems, we are fortunate to have such easy, simple tools to help us achieve our goals. The following are ways you can use Isagenix products to start your new year right and make 2018 your best, healthiest and most prosperous year ever!
- Nutrient-dense meals
Quality protein can play a key role in weight loss, and what better way to consume this than a delicious IsaLeanTM Shake! IsaLean Shakes take the effort out of healthy eating and provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to perform as its best: protein, carbohydrates, fats, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It’s calorie-controlled too, with just 240 calories per serving.
IsaLean Shakes contain 24g of high-quality, undenatured whey and milk protein in every serving to help you to reach your daily protein intake and reach your goals. Protein-rich meals are known to have a greater thermic effect than carbohydrate or fat-rich meals, meaning more energy is required to digest, absorb, and metabolise the protein-rich meals (1). Consuming foods high in protein can also help you to feel full, which can help to control how much we eat between meals and at the next meal.
- Cleanse Days*
Keep yourself on track with regular Cleanse Days to support your weight loss. An Isagenix Cleanse Day is a form of nutritionally supported intermittent fasting, and there is a growing body of research that supports the benefits of a lifestyle incorporating fasting for weight loss (2-4).
You don’t have to feel deprived on Cleanse Days, and you should tailor your Cleanse Days to suit your lifestyle. Whether that’s warming up your Nourish for LifeTM, having an e-shotTM mid-afternoon or getting an early night snack—your most successful Cleanse Day will be the one that’s best suited to you.
- Healthy snacking
Isagenix offers low-calorie snacks in the form of Isagenix SnacksTM and IsaDelightTM. Snacking shouldn’t be considered unnecessary or indulgent, as snacks can provide important nutrients and help you to stay on a healthy, balanced diet. Busy lives mean convenience is key! Some grab-and-go snacks can be high in both calories and less desirable ingredients, which is why we use Isagenix Snacks and IsaDelight. IsaDelights have 60 calories per chocolate, and Isagenix Snacks have just 15 calories per wafer!
- Get moving
Many people neglect the role of regular exercise to help shed the pounds. Exercise can seem daunting and many people struggle to dedicate the time to it. But by making exercise exciting, reasonable, and sociable, anyone can use exercise as a health and weight-loss tool. Many people do not realize that exercise can be so many other things besides running on the treadmill staring at the wall. The key to exercise is finding something that you enjoy and can continue doing. Exercise can take the form of hiking with friends, bike riding, exercise classes, or even pushing a sled and flipping tyres—everyone can find something they enjoy!
*A Cleanse Day is a nutritionally supported fast that nourishes and energizes your body’s own detoxification systems. For further Cleanse Day information, visit Isagenix.com.
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