Serious, deep-from-the-heart resolutions are part and parcel of many new year plans. There is no great theory or secret behind living up to these resolutions and sticking to a simple strategy can give you the desired result.
A Healthy Lifestyle Change is Forever
There is no finish line or winning point in the race for nutrition. It is a continuous process that needs gradual change over time to achieve overall physical and mental well-being. Weight loss using crash diets or other dangerous slimming methods should not be your focus. Take it one step at a time and achieve long-term positive results. Restaurants and fast-food joints have sprung everywhere and it is easier to add something in your diet instead of removing it. Start with including a small portion of fruits and vegetables each day to gradually shift focus towards healthier eating.
If your aim is weight loss, performing physical activity along with nutritious food can help to burn excess calories.
Try to Cook with Passion
Instead of looking at cooking food as a strenuous task, try to take it up with interest and happiness. Eating home-cooked food is much healthier and cheaper than dining out. Buy fresh produce from your local farmers’ market or grocery shop, and fresh fish and lean meats can be purchased as and when needed. Explore new recipes that are easy to make but rich in nutrition value.
Eat Out with Caution
When you dine out, the control over cooking food is with an unknown person who is more concerned with preparing tasty food that something nutritious to attract clients. But, eating out is inevitable for few people and they are forced to take their meals at restaurants most days of the week. Such people should choose their food and restaurant with caution. Choose restaurants that use olive oil or canola oil, fresh vegetables, seafood and whole grains. Stay away from deep-fried foods and unhealthy carbs while eating out.
Don’t Get Hitched by Fad Diets
Many companies try to lure people around new year to benefit financially by offering discounts and special packages for weight loss. They try to sell superfoods, slimming shakes and much more products that are all gimmicks. There is no instant solution for weight loss. The weight accumulated over the years cannot be dissolved in some days’ time. The goal should be to eat smart, play hard and be active. Instead of getting fooled by fraudulent weight loss advertisements, it is better to meet a registered dietitian nutritionist who can plan a healthy weight loss program fitting your requirements. Get in touch with reputed RDNs at www.firsteatright.com to complete your new year goal successfully.
Beverage Choices Too Affect Calorie Intake
Plain water is the best thirst quencher. Nothing can beat the refreshing quality of pure drinking water. Skim milk, black coffee or tea, coconut water or plain buttermilk can also be consumed. Your milkshakes and other sugary drinks can shoot up calorie values consumed in a day. Limit such drinks and stick to water or skim milk.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.