Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions people make each year. A lot of people start strong, packing the gyms in January and exercising strong willpower in their eating choices. By the end of the year, we often sag toward overindulgence as holiday parties and goodies pile up and commitments squeeze out our exercise plans. If you’re aiming to get in better shape, embrace the New Year as a chance to recommit.
Here are a few practical resolutions that can go a long way to build a healthier you this year:
- Say goodbye to soda – There are a litany of health problems that are linked to the consumption of soda. Giving up soda and replacing it with healthier drinks like water, sparkling water and organic black coffee can start you off on a healthy trajectory.
- Get eight hours of sleep – Sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on the immune system. Sleeping for at least eight hours a night improves the production of important hormones and can elevate our moods.
- Load up on fiber and healthy fats – Monounsaturated fats (such as those found in olive oil, seeds, and avocados) and foods rich in fiber help with cholesterol levels.
- Exercise more – Most people spend from nine to ten hours a day sitting. The human body is designed to be active. Exercising, even in brief intervals during the day, can work wonders for your health.
- Detox – The human body can accumulate toxins from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Periodic detox, using detox drinks or pills, can help the body get rid of the toxins and may also aid in losing weight.
Make a diet plan
A diet plan helps significantly in your resolution to lose weight—particularly if you put it in writing. Make sure your plan includes more protein, fiber and healthy carbs and less sweets and junk food. Also, make sure to incorporate weight-loss “super foods” into your diet.
Try these easy preparations for adding healthier foods to your diet:
- Broccoli and feta omelet with toast – Broccoli is a great source of fiber with just 30 calories per serving. The feta and eggs add crucial protein.
- Spiced green tea smoothie – Green tea is a fat-burning food that may help boost metabolism. Add agave nectar, lemon, and a dash of cayenne for kick, and you’ll have an energizing morning boost.
It is estimated that around 90 percent of people who make resolutions each year fail to achieve their goals, but you can beat the odds. Don’t make impossible resolutions. Just stick to the simple ones and be resolute about achieving them.