Now that the holidays have passed, many of us made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Set yourself up for success and skip all of those fad diets. The week of 19 – 25 January is National Healthy Weight Week. If you have already given up and decided that it is just too difficult to stick to a diet, it not too late to start over again. First, set yourself up for success. A few tips from Helpguide.org are listed below:
Simplify your eating habits. Worry less about counting calories and measuring portion size and more about eating a diet that is varied in freshness, color, texture, and variety. This task is easier than it seems if you just look for recipes that start off using fresh ingredients. Avoid foods that are highly processed or laden with sugar.
Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. When you try to change your diet all at once, you start removing things that you love, feeling deprived, you give up. All foods can be enjoyed, including treats in moderation. Make small changes such as adding a small and colorful salad one week each day. Then next week, replace butter with olive oil.
Every healthy change you make to your diet matters. The long term goal of diet changes should be focused on being health and learning to enjoy a healthy diet so that you feel good, have more energy, and reduce the risks of cancer and disease.
Think of water and exercise as food groups. Water flushes out the toxins and waste products in our system. When your body is dehydrated, you feel tired, sluggish, and are prone to headaches. When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first. Sometimes those hunger pangs are actually your brain telling you that you are thirsty. Exercise, like fruits and vegetables, should be incorporated into your life every day. You don’t need a gym membership, just one or two active activities each day.