The time to make resolutions about how we plan to improve for the New Year is here once again. One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is weight loss. Most people start out strong, determined to stick with the positive changes they set out to make. However, many tend to become discouraged and fall short of their optimistic goals to eat healthier and shed a few pounds.
But not this year.
Eating healthy does not mean a complete overhaul of the grocery list and diet. A few simple changes to portion sizes and eating habits can be all it takes to successfully check a resolution off the list. The nutrient-rich foods that reap the most benefits in a diet are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, beans, fish and lean meats. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which helps lower cholesterol. In fact, the calcium and vitamin D in low-fat milk can help keep the weight off once the weight-loss goal is reached. Also, eating smaller portioned meals more frequently will help boost your metabolism.
Be sure to start your day with breakfast. A granola bar is a quick and nutritious way to begin the day and it takes very little time in our busy schedules. It will kick start your metabolism in the morning and give you extra energy.
An important tip to consider is to avoid the convenience of calorie-dense foods, and cook nutrient-rich foods instead. This will save both calories and money in these tough economic times. Rather than dwelling on the foods you should avoid, focus on the nutrients that your body needs. This often makes it easier to stick to a healthy eating plan. However, do not punish yourself. Allow yourself small treats often so you do not feel deprived, but satisfy your hunger with nutritious foods first.
Exercising regularly can also help manage weight. Running and walking can be done almost year-round and require minimal equipment, skill or planning. Join a gym to access a variety of group classes or find a local team to play your favorite sport. Schedule physical activity into your day as you would any important appointment. Improving diets not only helps with weight loss but also can lower the risk of many diseases.
Eating healthy does not have to be a daunting resolution. A few minor changes to eating habits can be all it takes to become a healthier “you.” For more information on weight management and nutrition, contact the WellStar Nutrition Network at 770-793-7454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.