As the year begins, many people this year will attempt to stick to a resolution to lose weight once and for all. The trick to effective weight loss resolutions is starting small and working slowly towards a goal. Instead of adopting the latest trend in nutrition and weight loss, try adopting these three small but foolproof tips.
• Eat more produce. It’s amazing how adding one cup of produce to your everyday meal planning can make a difference. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, loaded with vitamins, and contain a lot of water to help satiate your thirst. This is an easy one. Try replacing your breakfast with a smoothie, a lunch with soup, or eat more vegetables at dinner.
• Exercise for 30 minutes a day. Eating right is only one aspect of losing weight. Exercise should be a part of your weight loss plan. While many doctors recommend the bare minimum of 30 minutes 3 days a week, take a walk every day. Join a gym class. Take the stairs. These are ways to help you stay active and motivated. Make sure you do something you have fun doing!
• Drink smarter this year. A lot of what makes us feel hungry is actually thirst. Many people will pass on the glass of water for something more appetizing like juice, energy drinks, and sodas. When you cut these things out of your diet, the results can surprise you. Cut out empty calories in drinks and watch the weight come off. Substitute with water or unsweetened tea. Cut juice calories by adding water.
One last trick that you can add to your list of mini resolutions is keeping a diet journal. Write what you eat, how long you exercise, and what you drink. You can even weigh in once a week to record your progress!