One of the most common New Year resolutions is to either diet to lose weight or begin a healthy eating regime to stay healthy. Both require commitment, diligence and a little planning. You might be amazed at how far a little organization and forethought will take you in your journey to eat better and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. You might also be delighted to learn that it doesn’t have to be difficult, and if you approach it the right way, it can actually be fun! Here are a few great tips that will help you stay on the right path to healthy eating this year; tricks and techniques that can help you ensure your success.
Keep it Simple and Sensible – Complicating your healthy eating regime will only lead to failure. If your diet plan does not fall in step with your lifestyle, it will be too difficult to implement and stick with it. Instead, take a good look at your lifestyle and create a healthy eating plan that fits. Choose low fat, high protein foods and stay away from fad dieting. You will find that a well balance diet is much healthier, and a lot easier to prepare and plan for. Just remember that to succeed you need to eat three meals each day, not skip breakfast, and eat a well balance diet that contains lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and complex proteins.
Make it a Family Affair – Anything is easier when you have a support buddy and healthy eating is no different. If possible, get everyone in your home on board and excited about turning over a new leaf this year. Your rate of success and sticking to your healthy eating plan long term will dramatically increase if you have someone to support you, and someone that you must support in return.
Trick the Eye – Instead of starving and leaving the good foods out of your diet altogether, purchase smaller plates and serve smaller portions. Load up your plate with healthy vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Keep in mind that a serving of meat or pasta should be about the size of your closed fist. Eat slowly and enjoy every meal; your body will let you know when it is full and time to stop eating.
Move Your Body – You need to get active and stay active to lose weight and keep it off. The more you move, the better you will feel. You don’t need to enroll in an expensive gym membership. Instead, bike with your kids, walk to work, talk the stairs instead of the elevator or walk every night after dinner with your significant other. Combined with a sensible and healthy diet regime, you can easily realize your New Year resolutions for an overall healthier lifestyle.
Put it In Writing – Write down everything you eat (good and bad) and when you eat it. Writing it down lets you reflect on when your trigger times are during the day so that you can control binging. A food journal also lets you see how much progress you have made, and gives you the motivation to continue your good work. If you spend a lot of time online, try out a free or low cost journal and weight program.
Finally, here are six ‘quick tips’ that can help you:
1. Do your grocery shopping on a full stomach – you will be less likely to binge buy if you are full and satisfied.
2. Expect setbacks – they will happen but as long as you get back on the wagon, you are still on the right track.
3. Keep your goals where you can see them – on the fridge, in your wallet or perhaps as your tagline on your MSN messenger. A gentle reminder of your goal is always good to keep the willpower strong.
4. Avoid fad dieting – you may be able to lose 20 pounds by Easter but if you put it all back on by Labor Day, you are no further ahead. Avoid yo-yo, quick fix and fad diets.
5. Make Health Instead of Pounds Your Goal – Concentrate on the health factor such as exercising and eating properly and your weight will take care of itself.
6. Drink to your Health! Be sure to drink a minimum of 30 ounces of water each day. Not only
will it help you to feel full all day long, but it increases your internal health and makes your skin, nails and hair glorious and lustrous.