It’s not uncommon that health-related goals are amongst one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, whether that means shedding some pounds, toning up, eating better, exercising more, or simply living a more healthy lifestyle as a whole. However, this can feel overwhelming — if not impossible — regardless of your current state of health. But just like the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race. Focus on small changes to add throughout the year -versus the overwhelming pressure of major resolutions like losing 50 pounds by spring, completely ditching sugar starting on January 2, etc. Here are some tips to help you conquer 2019 the smart way.
1. Replace sugar-laden beverages with water. Aside from being void of calories, water can keep you energized and boost your metabolism, thus helping you to burn more calories. If it’s difficult for you to down copious amounts of water, jazz up your H20 with a spa-like preparation complete with lemon and/or cucumber slices, oranges, berries, mint, etc.
2. Avoid eating in front of the television or computer. Being engaged in another activity other than your meal can lead to overeating. The fact that you’re distracted makes it difficult to recognize when you’re full.
3. Aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye every night. Lack of sleep causes cravings (which can lead to overeating), lack of motivation to work out, a spike in cortisol — the hormone associated with increased abdominal fat.
4. Sneak fiber-rich foods into your diet. Studies suggest that a even small amounts of additional fiber can prompt more weight loss than those who skimp out on it. Make simple swaps like consuming an orange versus drinking a glass of juice, opting for whole grain bread over white, brown rice over traditional, etc.
5. Use your lunch hour wisely. Unless you’re on a do or die deadline, use your lunch hour to hit the gym, run errands, or simply go for a walk.
6. Pre-plan your weekly meal schedule. Research healthy recipes, hit the grocery store, and spend an afternoon prepping your meals for the week. By planning ahead, you’ll avoid gravitating towards convenience foods and/or takeout if your week gets hectic.
7. Exercise with a companion. Swap cocktail hour for spin class, start a running group in the neighborhood, or grab your spouse for moral support. By planning workouts with others, you’ll be more apt to stay accountable to your own fitness goals.
8. Take supplements. Even if you strive for a perfect diet, chances are you’re missing something. A multivitamin is always a great place to start. Or, for beauty from the inside out, try a supplement like BioSil Natural Hair Skin Nails and Beauty Bones Joints.