New Year's Day is now a distant memory, but what about your resolutions? Many Americans listed losing weight as one of their top resolutions. By this point in the year, many of those people have already lost sight of their goal. It is easy to make a general goal, but hard to stick with it. Here are some tips to help you get back on track toward achieving a healthy weight. As you know, a healthy weight will reduce your risk for numerous health issues including, diabetes and heart disease.
Focus on What You Can and Do Eat
So many diets focus on what you can't eat. If you are always thinking about the brownies you can't eat, you will want to eat brownies. Instead, pay attention to what you can eat. Create a list of snack options. Include occasional dessert options. Ideally you are not on a temporary diet, but instead are changing your lifestyle. You want to change your habits in a way that is sustainable so you lose the weight and keep it off. It is not reasonable to expect to never have another brownie in your life.
Keep track of what you eat by starting a food journal. You are not as likely to have five brownies if you know you will have record them all. It might also help you identify why you eat more than you should. Are you eating mindlessly while watching TV or eating when you feel emotional? Understanding the cause of your weight issue is a big step in losing the weight and keeping it off.
Think about Drinks
The best thing to drink is water,and plenty of it. Many beverages are high in calories, including those you wouldn't expect like Starbucks coffee drinks. Making your own coffee at home and drinking water with meals will save you both money and calories.
Don't Get Overwhelmed
Many people try to do too much at once. They want to cut out all sugars, eliminate snacks and exercise every day. You are asking too much of yourself. This is what causes many to give up on their quest to achieve a healthier weight. They just can't do it.
Taking on smaller challenges will result in a more positive outcome. In addition to keeping a food journal and drinking water, consider adding just one other change at first. Here are some ideas:
- Don't snack between dinner and breakfast.
- Brush your teeth after meals to signal you are done eating.
- Exercise three days per week.
- Use a smaller plate to serve meals.
- Plan healthy snacks and have them readily available at times you typically desire a snack.
Following the above suggestions will help you continue on the path toward achieving a healthier weight. It is possible if you approach it correctly. Take it one step at a time and you will note success. We can help you out on your health insurance. Call Sun Coast Legacy Advisors at (888) 455-5799 for more information on Florida health insurance.