With the New Year comes new resolutions and goals, often accompanied by the fear of falling off the wagon by month’s end. Make this year different. Put aside over-blown resolutions and commit to making small changes all year to make this year your lightest ever. The benefits: Lose weight, put a bounce in your step, get some calm in the kitchen, and become a healthier you without feeling deprived.
Here are some tips to make your 2018 the healthiest ever.
Don't Ditch Breakfast
Caffeine from your coffee is not enough fuel to start your day. Make sure to include a breakfast that is full of protein-rich and high-fiber foods like eggs with whole-wheat toast.
Feel Free to Graze
Squeezing in 3 square meals a day may not suite your lifestyle. At the end of the day, its how many total calories you’ve taken in. If you like to “graze,” eat smaller meals and a few snacks throughout the day.
Swap out Sugary Cereals
Cut your current high-sugar cereal with a low sugar, high-fibre brand. Gradually reduce the amount of sugary cereal in your bowl until you are eating only the high-fibre brand.
Work to Sustain Health
To be a winner in health, it doesn’t matter how quickly you lose weight. What matters is how long you can sustain your new healthy lifestyle.
Avoid Disaster Salads
Be careful not to turn your salad into a high-calorie disaster. Pass on creamy dressings and opt for olive oil and vinegar, choose nuts or sunflower seeds for crunch instead of croutons, and limit portions of cheese.
Keep Fit with Friends
Need exercise motivation? Find a buddy to work out with—family members, friends, or even the dog can help keep you accountable.
Hold the Snacks
You are more likely to consume more chips, nuts, or sweets if you eat straight from the bag. Be a smart snacker by portioning out your serving size and putting the bag away immediately before you indulge.
Live in the "Now"
When it comes to your health, stop worrying about what you did yesterday and start focusing on what you are doing now.
Put Produce on Eye Level
To increase your fruit and veggie intake, don’t put them in a drawer in the refrigerator but rather on a shelf at eye level. The more you see them, the more likely you will be to grab for them.
Be the First to Order
When dining out, be the first one to order. You’ll be less likely to change your mind after hearing what others are having.
Simply Try a Smaller Plate
Studies show you’ll eat about 20-22% less calories per meal simply switching from a 12-inch to 10-inch plate.
Make a Shopping List
Typical shoppers spend 60 to 80% of their time pushing their carts up and down aisles aimlessly, buy up to twice as much (and more of the unhealthy choices) compared to those who shop with a list and stick to it.
Make Workouts a Priority
We prioritize work, meals, and family time every day. Schedule time in your day for a run or gym visit too.
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