By now, you have most likely let go of your new year’s resolution—or forgotten what it is all together! While New Year’s resolutions are great goals to have, research shows that they are rarely successful. However, it’s never too late to introduce a lifestyle change. It can be tough to decide where to start when it comes to getting healthy. That’s why we made a list of our recommendations of where to begin. Any of these simple changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference in your health, including inducing weight loss.
Think of the past seven days. How many times did you go out to eat? On average, Americans spend half of their food dollars on eating out. By cooking more, you can cut down on your budget and calories at the same time.
Try creating a meal plan at the beginning of the week and make a list of all the groceries you will need. Your grocery bill may see a significant increase, but think of all the money you’re saving by avoiding eating out! Eating at home makes it much easier to meet your health goals. If you’re an inexperienced cook, keep things simple. Start each meal plan by including a protein, a veggie, and a healthy carb.
Think Before You Eat
Do you ever stop and ask yourself, “Why am I aimlessly searching the fridge?” Oftentimes, we eat out of boredom, stress, or even loneliness. Ask yourself this simple question: Am I really hungry? Constant snacking when you aren’t hungry can lead to binge eating and packing on the pounds. If you aren’t actually hungry, drink a tall glass of water and find another way of entertaining your mind.
Remove Added Sugars
Removing added sugars is the easiest way to cut down on calories. Added sugars are found in many packaged foods, such as yogurt, granola bars, cereal, and many other foods we usually think of as healthy. Children and teens eat an especially high amount of foods with added sugar.
Don’t confuse these added sugars with healthy, natural sugars found in vegetables and fruit. Beverages are the largest source of added sugars in American diets, but they’re also found in desserts, snack foods, and even many salad dressings.
Eat More Plants
One of the best decisions you can make to improve your health is to eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, and whole grains. Research shows that eating more fruits and vegetables alone can reduce your risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. These foods, vegetables especially, are rich in the nutrients your body needs and are very filling. Start by including a side of vegetables with every lunch and dinner and a piece of fruit or handful of nuts with every breakfast.
At the Torres Center, we know that many of these lifestyle changes are easier said than done. That’s why we offer a medically supervised weight-loss program, where we guide you with one-on-one medical advice as well as group sessions. Contact us today to schedule an orientation!