5 Manageable Resolutions for Better Health in the New Year by Susan Bowerman, M.S., R.D., CSSD, CSOWM, FAND
The holidays may be behind us, but many of us are carrying extra weight after overindulging in holiday meals and treats. It’s no surprise then that almost half of Americans plan to make New Year’s resolutions, many of which are focused on improving their health. In fact, a study conducted by Herbalife Nutrition found that of the 46 percent of Americans that planned to make resolutions in 2023, 55 percent planned to eat healthier, while 54 percent planned to exercise more.
And while the new year is a great time to get back on track with a fresh commitment to health, some people are falling short on their goals for better health because they don’t plan for success. What many people tend to overlook is that better health and fitness isn’t a quick fix, but that taking a realistic approach and embracing health and fitness as a lifestyle can guarantee long-term success.
Here are five simple, doable and manageable resolutions that can help you lose holiday weight and achieve better health in the new year and beyond:
- Take specific and measurable steps. Resolve to “workout three times a week” rather than the more vague “exercise more” or “add one vegetable to each meal” rather than “eat more vegetables.”
- Use the buddy system. Find a friend or group of like-minded people to support you and help keep each other accountable.
- Avoid fad diets. Many fad diets tend to be quick fixes and don’t focus on the habits and behaviors that will lead to long-term success. And some drastically eliminate certain food groups, which can compromise your daily nutrition. Plan your meals so that you are reducing caloric intake while still eating a balanced diet of nutrient-dense foods.
- Incorporate protein in every meal. Protein helps build and maintain lean muscle mass. It also helps to make meals more satisfying. Including protein-rich foods like lean meat, poultry, eggs, low fat dairy foods, legumes, and soy-based foods at every meal and snack can help satisfy hunger over the course of the day.
- Ditch the “all or nothing” mentality. Letting go of the “all or nothing” mentality will help you stay consistent and get moving daily. Something is always better than nothing. If there isn’t time for a 30-minute workout, do 15.
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