Many people start the New Year with wishes to change the way they eat and look as well as how much physical activity they will get, while, it is rather cliché now that by February those gym memberships become inactive and trash cans are piled high with soda cans and empty French fry cartons. You should know that incremental change, comparing with drastic change, is the best way to produce last results on diet and physical fitness. For the next New Year, you can start with small changes that will not test your will power, but can gradually replace your bad eating habits.
1. Plan in advance.
One of the tops reasons that people don’t eat healthy is they lack of time cooking a healthier meal at home. Instead of having meal in restaurants frequently, you should schedule a time on Sunday afternoon or a time you prefer, to prepare meals for the next few days. You are scheduling everything in your life, so now you just need to add the meals in it. Don’t starve yourself. Put some healthy snacks on your desk at work so you can count on in a pinch. Some healthy snacks include trail mix, tuna, light popcorn and whole wheat crackers.
2. Some good eating habits to adopt.
Firstly, you should have breakfast every day. It helps a lot to start your metabolism and prevents you from binging later during the day. Set aside one day in a week to have seafood that are high in protein and low in fat. Shift your meals towards a plant-based diet. As suggested by federally appointed committee that offer recommendations for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, all Americans need to eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, cooked dry beans and peas, buts and seeds.
3. Eat mixed fruits and vegetables like rainbow.
Eat mixed and colorful fruits and vegetables like rainbow every day. For instance, eat dark leafy greens like spinach, collards, kale and mustard greens, with reds and oranges like sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and red peppers.
4. Some bad eating habits to drop.
Solid fats and sugars should be avoided because they are closely linked with the high level of obesity in America. According to the statistics by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, about 35 percent of all the calories in typical American diets are from empty calories. Soda and sugary beverages are the major culprits behind American’s excessive weight gain in the area. You need to be wise to drop them in your diet. Also, reduce the intake of salt and refined grains, as well as other processed foods.
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