As the midnight bell rang last week, a lot of us made big New Year’s resolution to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. However, this would be impossible without calculated and attainable goals. We got some ideas on how to keep those ambitious resolutions going.
To get started, try applying these simple changes in your daily routine to make 2018 your healthiest year yet.
Put an end to unnecessary snacking
One usually snacks at work, sports game or at the movies and not even appreciating the food they are eating. Snacking usually becomes a habit or part of the day routine.
Look for healthy alternatives when you find yourself going for those mindless eating. Healthy suggestions, would be snacking on our SelectOne sweet mini peppers and dipping sauces, cherry tomatoes on its own, or even mini cucumbers that complements with a variety of condiments.
Drink more water
Has it occurred to you today that you are thirsty? This sensory feeling usually means that you are already dehydrated and that thirst is your body calling for re-hydration. In addition to helping control your weight, drinking water has many benefits such as increasing energy and relieves fatigue.
80% of our brain is made of water, making water indispensable for optimal brain function. Dehydration directly affects the brain, causing a lack of concentration, reduced short-term memory and headaches.
Make a grocery list
A grocery trip to the superstore tends to result in one of the two outcomes: Frozen Pizzas, chocolate bar and a tub of ice cream- and another trip consist of some fruits, veggies, chicken breasts, along with quinoa, which sometimes all end up being inedible after being neglected in the back of the fridge for two weeks.
Instead plan out your grocery store trip, make a list and stick to it. Avoid going shopping hungry to prevent impulse buying junk food or food you don’t need.
Start your day with a protein-packed breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should not be skipped. Studies have shown that eating a breakfast high in protein helps people eat less throughout the day. Eggs Frittatas, Tomato Toast with Ricotta Cheese and eggs with bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato and spinach are good examples of well-balanced protein packed breakfast.
Stay away from high carb options like bagels, which are dense with calories and will leave you feeling hungry again in a couple of hours.
Reduce intake on sugar- sweetened beverages
Studies have shown that drinking large amounts of sugary beverages can increase the risk of gaining weight and developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and gout. Drinking just one 20- ounce bottle of sugary beverage per day can result in gaining 25 extra pounds per year. Recommendations for this is to drink fruit enhanced beverages as they are natural.