Oh we all know THAT New Year’s resolution we always write first on our list, year after year. In fact, it’s the top priority of US consumers according to a survey conducted by Nielsen.com. 36% said that they want to stay fit and healthy and 32% want to lose weight. Following the top two fitness-related resolutions are to spend less/save more, enjoy life to the fullest and spend more time with family.
If you are one of the 68%, here are 10 tips to help you achieve your goal to get healthier and fitter in 2017.
1. Start now!
You don’t need to wait for January 1 to begin your journey. Now is always the perfect time to get started on whatever it is you want or need to do.
2. Don’t give any food up completely.
Slowly but surely is the key to avoid falling off your diet wagon right away. Allow small treats that’ll keep you happy and satisfied. Depriving yourself of your cravings can backfire and might just result in bingeing and forgetting about your goal.
3. Keep it simple.
Pick a diet regimen or a fitness routine that is easy, manageable and not too complicated to start with. It’s easier to stick to your diet and exercise if you start simple as you ease into a new lifestyle routine. When you get used to it and you find what works for you, you can eventually venture into something new like a much more intense workout or a more advanced diet.
4. Start meal planning.
To get you started, choose a day when you can plan, shop and prep meals for the whole week. Not only will you be able to save time and money, this will also help you to stay on a steady healthy path. If you have meals and snacks ready anytime, you get to avoid those “no food in the fridge or too tired to cook so let’s just order take-out” situations.
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
I’ve said this a million times in most of my articles here on the blog, but I am saying it again – keep yourself hydrated and you’ll see big changes to your weight, skin and overall feeling.
6. Include Protein, Fiber and Healthy fats in all your meals.
These three will help you feel full and satisfied, as well as stabilize your blood sugar levels – lean proteins, whole grains, legumes, produce, nuts and seeds.
7. Cut out processed foods.
I know, I know… that’s hard but really, it isn’t. You just need to spend a little more obviously since unprocessed foods are more expensive. Try it for a week or two. Maybe you’ll like it, maybe you don’t (financially). But trust me, it will do wonders.
8. Go for natural sources when it comes to your sweeteners.
Sugar addiction is real! The more you eat it, the more you crave for it. When trying to satisfy your sweet tooth, go for natural sources – fruits, honey, agave, prunes and yogurt.
9. Always fill half your plate with fruits & veggies.
Make this a habit every time you eat (even in parties). The more colorful your plate is, the healthier it becomes – and that’s USDA approved!
10. Get enough zzz’s.
This is a powerful tool in your health & wellness goals. Lack of sleep increases your hunger hormone, prompting you to eat more and unhealthier. Plus, who wants to exercise when you’re tired, hungry and sleepy? Not me. So if you want to achieve your New Year’s resolution, start giving yourself good quality sleep every night.