New Year’s is here and so are the resolutions for a new you! Each year, many people gear their New Year’s resolution around becoming healthier; whether that is losing weight, getting in the gym more, eating better, etc. Often times, people will decide to follow what I like to call “fad diets”, diets that follow a specific program design. Now, Let me begin by saying, if this works for you, by no means is it bad and keep up the great work! However, there is a vast difference between a diet and a lifestyle change. So, which one is THE best? Both will work! Diets allow you to accomplish short-term goals while a lifestyle change is more permanent. As an individual, you have unique goals and it is important that you choose what is best for you and your situation.
Now let’s talk diets and establishing your unique approach for success.
First, when trying to figure out the best place is to start it is important you have a specific goal in mind. Do you want to lose a certain amount of weight? Do you want to work on portion control? Do you want to replace junk food with more vegetables? The options are endless! It is important to start at a place that provides the greatest opportunity for success. What do I mean by that? I mean it is ok to start slow; you do not have to go from 0 to 100 on New Years Day. You don’t want your resolution to seem like a chore, but something you look forward to because you are taking positive steps to a healthier you.
If you are choosing to follow a specific diet program, I have word of advice: MODERATION! Diet plans can be very strict and set you up for failure. Because of the strict structure of a “diet plan”, I see a lot of people who, after the diet regimen is complete and they incorporate everyday foods again, begin to “yo-yo”. “Yo-yo” dieting is when you are constantly going on and off diets. Your body gets short-term results from the “diet plan” and then gains it all back at the end of the plan. With that being said, allow yourself to have the food you may be craving during your plan. Remember, MODERATION is a vital key to success and will protect you from binges.
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Next, set yourself up for success. If you are reducing the amount the unhealthy food you regularly consume, remove it from your pantry and refrigerator. Change is hard and temptations of old habits do not make it easier, especially when the cabinet and refrigerator are screaming your name every day. If you plan to exercise more, set a time each day that you KNOW you can make happen. Do not say, “I will do it later” or “I will go tomorrow”, “later” and “tomorrow” never happen.
Lastly, be prepared! Start by implementing meal preps into your weekly plan. In the beginning, meal prep can be a difficult step, as you search for healthy foods you enjoy and how to cook them, but trust me, the process becomes easy and actually enjoyable! Turn on some music, put on your apron and whip up some good meals for the week. A vital step in meal prep includes your snacks as well. Convenience stores are called convenient for a reason and are typically a hub for unhealthy options that serve your midday hunger. Healthy is easy; reach for nuts, a piece of fruit, carrots and hummus and of course, any of the nutritious, ABOUTTIME products.
Finally, to make your change the most successful, you must master the most difficult part of the process: Belief in yourself. This characteristic is going to drive you and your level of change. You will not make it to the gym if you do not believe you have the strength to engage in a workout. You will not go to the grocery to get healthy food if you do not believe you will like new, healthy foods. You will not change, unless you can believe you can. You set this resolution with at least a small part of you that does believe you can do it! Go in being realistic. Expect that working out and changing your eating habits is going to be difficult, but not impossible. It is a new year, it is 2016, it is ABOUTTIME to do the new, healthy you!