This is probably one of the busiest times of year at our medical weight loss centers, which makes perfect sense since people are making weight loss their New Year’s resolution and trying to improve their overall health and well-being. If you share those same goals, read on for some effective strategies for eating healthy so that you can lose the weight you want.
- Don’t go all in. Often times, people go too big when they make their resolutions for the New Year. Instead of setting unrealistic goals and subjecting yourself to deprivation—both of which may set you up for failure—strive for small, manageable goals that you can keep track of and implement more easily.
- Be specific. Instead of saying “I want to lose 35 pounds,” aim to “lose 10 pounds by March 1.” You’ll have an easier time reaching that smaller goal and then can reset for the next step.
- Make small changes. Assess your routine and look for one thing you can change at a time. Make one modification per week so that you barely notice it yourself (and “suffer” less). The good news is, those changes will add up and make a difference in your waistline. For example, cut out sodas or high-calorie coffee drinks during week one. In week two, aim to take an extra walk every day before work or during your lunch hour. Or strive to incorporate a new workout into your weekly routine.
- Eat out less. One of the easiest ways to lose weight and eat healthier is to cook your own meals—or at least prepare them yourself. Make eating out a treat, rather than the norm.
- Set yourself up for success. Life can get busy, so plan ahead so that you don’t get off track due to your schedule. Write out a grocery list every week so that you can stock your refrigerator with healthy items and get snacks and lunch food for the week ahead. Load up on fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and nuts so that you avoid those evil vending machines and junk food restaurants. When you cook a healthy dinner, make a little extra so that you can eat the leftovers for lunch. It’s all about finding solutions that will fit your lifestyle.
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