The new year, for many, means making resolutions. But in reality, most don’t keep their resolutions. One reason might be that the resolution is too difficult to keep. Making resolutions is a good idea, but keeping them realistic may make it easier to achieve. For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, try making small adjustments at a time. Weight loss may be necessary, but generally a goal of leading a healthier lifestyle may be in order. Diets tend to be short lived for a reason. Here are some tips that may help you keep your weight loss resolution:
Change Your Eating Habits
It’s not just the quantity of what you eat that makes a difference, it’s also what you eat. A healthy diet with protein, fruits and vegetables is essential to staying on track. If it becomes a habit, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Make sure you eat the food you actually like. You may want to play around with different recipes.
Watch Your Snacks
Be savvy with your snacking. Try to stick with healthier food in general, but if you do eat crackers, chips or other unhealthy snacks, be sure to eat small quantities. Try pouring them into a small bowl. This will help you avoid eating too much out of the package. Be sure to check the serving size on the box.
Control Your Serving Size
In reality, Americans eat way too much food. The serving size at restaurants is typically not for one. Over time, we have all starting eating close to double what people ate at each meal within the last 50 years. In fact, the plates used to be smaller. Try using the salad plate at meals. It will help you slim down your portion.
Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water before a meal will help fill your stomach and you’ll be likely to eat less. This helps between meals too. Sugary drinks are a vice that many of us have – and the calories add up fast. Replace juice, sodas, sweet tea and coffee drinks with water.
Treating yourself to your favorite food or drink, even on a diet, isn’t always a bad thing. Moderation is key, of course; but occasional splurging can help you to not feel deprived and more likely to stick with your diet.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
No matter what your resolution is, plan on treating yourself to something special when you reach your goal. Remind yourself why you have the goal in the first place. It may motivate you to stick with it – plus it will give you an excuse to treat yourself to something special. You deserve it.