Take Control of Your Weight Today With SMART Goals

When it comes to losing excess weight and keeping it off, research continues to show the basics still apply—eating a healthy, reduced-calorie diet, becoming more active and shaping healthy lifestyle habits are critical to maintaining a healthy weight. However, there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to weight loss. Tailoring your goals and supplementation regimen to meet your specific needs is critical for successful weight management.

Make your goals SMART
Small, gradual changes in your behavior can have a tremendous impact on your health. Start now by carefully crafting meaningful goals to help you lose weight. Here’s how:

Specific—Instead of setting a goal of “losing weight,” think about the specifics involved to reach your goal and define them. For instance, set a goal to avoid or minimize sugary, fatty, and processed foods, one of the easiest ways to cut excess calories from your diet. Your next goal may be to walk 30 minutes every day.

Measurable—In order to evaluate your success, goals need to be measurable. The point of setting measurable goals is to determine whether you are making progress. One way to measure success is to keep a journal that logs your exercise regimen and daily food intake so that you can see whether you are meeting goals on most days.

Attainable—A goal needs to be attainable, yet it also needs to present a challenge. It is better to break a lofty goal into “bite sized chunks,” starting slowly and working your way up to a larger goal than to try too much initially, get discouraged, and then quit.

Realistic—Set realistic goals. For example, healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week.

Timed—Putting a time frame on the achievement of a particular goal is essential for success. This allows you to be proactive today. Otherwise, you may become victim to the “I’ll do it tomorrow” approach.  

Choose the supplement that is right for you
Whether you need help controlling carbs, optimizing your metabolism, or attacking fat, choosing the supplement(s) that best meets your needs is critical for success.

Boost your metabolism
A variety of poor lifestyle habits can result in less than optimal metabolism, the engine that drives calorie-burning. While regular exercise and a healthy diet help promote metabolic efficiency, dieters often need an extra boost to avoid hitting the weight loss plateau. Powered with Metabolic Activator, a targeted caffeine blend, Natrol created AçaíBerry Diet, a super food formula with Açaí extract, green tea extract and chromium to help support calorie-burning, fat metabolism and energy.

Keep the fat off with Tonalin® CLA
The sweet taste of weight loss can sour when lost pounds creep back. But, now researchers may have found the answer to keeping the fat off and maintaining lean muscle, two of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy weight for life. CLA (a.k.a. conjugated linoleic acid) is a fatty acid derived from sunflower oil that has received recognition among scientists for its ability to positively influence fat loss over the long-haul.5 Natrol® Tonalin® CLA 1,200 mg uses the patented, clinically tested formula that has been shown in a variety of clinical research studies6,7, 8 to help reduce body fat and improve lean muscle in overweight individuals following a healthy calorie reduction and exercise regimen.

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