Most people’s New Year’s resolutions include shedding a few pounds, especially after the well-known holiday excesses … and, a few weeks into the year, the better part of these excited dieters will give up their quest towards a healthier way to see food.
Generally speaking, healthy eating can seem like a near insurmountable challenge, and it’s too easy to set unrealistic goals and get frustrated when we inevitably fail to achieve them. Here are a few tips to avoid getting disheartened: follow through!
1. Set realistic goals
Don’t be too hard on yourself: to really commit to losing weight, you have to be aware of how your body works, and you have to realize you can’t shed 10 pounds in one day. Schedule an appointment with a nutritionist and talk about the type of life you lead, whether you’re sedentary or looking for a more active perspective, and set up goals in accordance to what you can achieve with your body in a week, a month, or the whole year.
2. Avoid fad diets
Did you read about that amazing new diet that actress is on, which made her lose 25 pounds in a week? Here’s a tip for basically all of these: it won’t work as advertised. There’s no magical formula that will make you wake up one day 15% slimmer, and those crash diets that will completely take something away (such as carbs) are not only the most likely to yo-yo, but some might even be detrimental to your health in the long run. In all, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The same goes with so-called “detox” practices. If your body were truly that full of toxins, you would be dead; the liver already takes care of getting rid of these things for you, and there’s no need to starve yourself through juices.
3. Eat more vegetables
It seems so simple, yet it’s so easy to neglect greens and other vegetables when starting a new diet plan. You should be eating vegetables with at least two of your daily meals, and preferably, vary it up: eat at least five different fruits and vegetables each day, to fully take in the benefits of each plant.
4. Fiber and water are your friends
Help your body by adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet: beans, lentils, avocado, whole grains and many fruits and vegetables will all help keep your bowel movements at a healthy pace.
Keep a bottle of water next to you at all times, and you’ll find yourself drinking more and more, which is another great way of helping your body do its thing and cleanse.
5. Don’t bring tempting foods into your home
When you’re shopping for groceries, skip the chips and cookie aisles altogether. It’s much easier to give in to unhealthy snacks if you already have them at home; if you have to actually go out into the cold to get that pack of Oreos, chances are the idea won’t be nearly as attractive.
That’s not to say you have to wholly abandon cravings and become a monk or a nun, but by having them outside of your main view will keep them away from your everyday diet.