What happens at the beginning of a new year?
Besides the ball dropping, and possibly a shared time of celebration amongst friends, each new year is generally brought in alongside a list of new or renewed goals and aspirations.
Statistically speaking, the most popular items on the lists of roughly half of Americans center around weight loss (specifically: exercise and healthy eating).
And, as each new year is relatively the same in these regards, at this point in time (the dawn of a new year), we can look at those who crushed their 2020 resolutions to draw inspiration and motivation for our own 2021 goals!
One such inspiration comes from Kelly Osbourne, who stuck to her goals in 2020 and lost an incredible 85 pounds!
So now, for that motivation and inspiration I mentioned a moment ago, let’s take a look at how she achieved such an amazing feat.
Osbourne’s 2020 Goals
Kelly Osbourne stated in December of 2019 that 2020 was going to be her year, specifically it would be “the year of me.”
And, while many abandon their resolutions within 6 weeks of a new year (80% actually), Osbourne is not in that number!
Osbourne’s year dedicated to herself included a focus on self-growth as well as healthy eating and exercise habits.
And, not only have these focal points contributed to her success, but they are a common theme in the achievements of many who succeed in their weight loss endeavors.
So, let’s take a look at each focus individually…
Osbourne began last year with a goal to make self-care a priority.
Kelly shared that she went to therapy for a year to help battle her tendencies toward emotional eating.
She stated that a proper mindset was an absolute necessity for her weight loss endeavors, claiming “I had to fix my head before I could fix my body…the number one thing I had to do was get happy.”
So, is this exclusive to Osbourne, or would her approach benefit others?
Board certified physician, Dr. Kevin Campbell says “ultimately a negative mindset leads to failure,” in regards to weight loss.
To add to that, the words of therapist Kathryn Smerling are ones I find much truth in from my own weight loss endeavors, and they echo Kelly Osbourne’s sentiments perfectly: “Shifting your mindset about how to lose weight is the biggest factor in losing weight…we can’t shift our weight from the outside without realizing the correct inner resolve and intention.”
With Kelly, as she progressed in achieving this good mindset, other healthy habits followed.
Healthy Eating Habits
A few years prior to Osbourne’s weight loss endeavors in 2020, she underwent gastric sleeve surgery. She is very vocal about her surgery and says it’s the best thing she’s ever done.
The surgery changed the shape of her stomach, the celebrity says, and helped prod her to change her lifestyle as well.
Committing to a lifestyle change, rather than being “on a diet,” Kelly incorporated moderation and balance in changing her eating habits for the better.
And, her specific changes involved both what she ate, and when she ate, as Osbourne followed a plant based diet and intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting, simply put, is only eating during a specified timeframe within a given day, and fasting during the remaining hours in the day.
An eating schedule such as this can cause your body to burn fat for fuel, aiding in weight loss.
For instance, one may go without food for 14-16 hours (fasting), and then eat healthy foods during the other 8-10 hours (feeding) of a given day.
Osbourne’s routine involved having some coffee upon waking (who can’t relate to that?), followed by green juice which she drinks to boost immunity during weight loss.
Kelly says she generally incorporates juicing until meal time, where she then adheres to a plant based diet which involves eating primarily fresh, whole foods derived from plants like fruits and vegetables, but also includes items such as nuts, seeds, whole grain breads, legumes, oils, and beans.
Osbourne has found a healthy balance she says, enjoying food and having fun with it.
In this journey she says a balance is needed when it comes to food choices, realizing the consumption of unhealthy foods (french fries for instance) requires moderation.
Healthy Exercise Habits
Osbourne’s preferred method of exercise includes HIIT workouts with a mixture of strength training and cardio.
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. This type of workout incorporates brief intervals of intense exercise followed by periods of rest/recovery.
The goal is to push yourself to your max during those intense periods, then allow your body a few moments to rest before the next intense period of exercise.
Osbourne’s exact HIIT workout hasn’t been made public, but her trainer’s preferred HIIT circuit involves some tried and true classics like “squats, lunges, deadlifts, push-ups, shoulder presses, dumbbell curls, and tricep dips.”
As mixing up workouts helps to avoid injury and allows you to focus on different muscle groups, Stone (Osbourne’s trainer) recommends doing a HIIT circuit involving the above mentioned exercises 2-3 times per week as well as incorporating a cardio session (such as jogging, cycling, or swimming) 2-3 times per week.
Aside from these workouts, Kelly says she loves to keep things fun and gets her heart rate up doing things like hula-hooping and dancing as well.
So, if weight loss is one of your goals as you begin this new year, consider some of the proven methods used by Osbourne, and saturate your efforts with the true words of encouragement from her trainer:
“Keeping your drive even when you don’t see results right away is key to long term healthy weight loss…keep up your consistent habits of working out, moving more everyday, and eating a healthy diet.” – Lacey Stone
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