Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight?
In order to stick with a new plan, you have to be completely on board, and that takes more than fitting in a yoga class twice a week. Here some tips about finding your path to good health.
Small Nutrition Changes Add Up
You don’t have to dump out the contents of your pantry and increase your grocery budget. Investigate the foods you’re used to eating and what they do for your body so that you make informed decisions to reduce or increase your intake of certain tasty treats.
Pay attention to your eating habits and learn what is a routine snack-break versus when your body really needs fuel. Some people find eating a big breakfast keeps them going all day. Others can’t stand the thought of eating in the morning. Find what works for your body, and your schedule.
Some routines are simply unhealthy and you have to make a change. Drinking pop, juice, and hot drinks laden with sugar can be limited to special occasions. Drink water when you’re thirsty. Try reducing or eliminating sugar in your tea and coffee. Reducing sugar not only helps you to lose weight but decreases the blood sugar highs and lows that cause rapidly changing energy levels and a whole host of health-changing side effects. Watch out for hidden sugars in carbohydrates, particularly processed foods. When you reach for something starchy, choose items made with whole grain flours instead of white whenever possible, and read nutritional labels, even for whole grain cereals.
Increase the amount of vegetables and proteins you eat as you cut back on carbs. Vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients, and protein will help you feel full longer. Choose a bit of cheese and an apple for your afternoon snack and skip the crackers altogether. Increasing vegetables and proteins will help you to keep unhealthy snacking at bay and provide you with energy to fuel you through your new exercise goals.
Make Your Exercise Par of Your Daily Routine, and Make It Fun
When you make exercise part of your regular routine, you win! Take the stairs. Walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing them. Grab a friend, the family, or the dog and explore the neighbourhood.
Try new things and discover what sports and exercises make you happy like swimming or yoga. Meet with a personal trainer and learn how strength training will critically improve your weight loss goals. Join a rec league and play volleyball or dodgeball. Discover what the community centre offers. Invest in a treadmill and hand weights for your home.
Enable yourself to get moving by buying the appropriate footwear and clothes. Your shoes should support you, and be comfortable. Get a range of comfortable workout clothes, whether new or at the thrift store. When you find yourself coming up with excuses not to do something, find a new activity because this one isn’t working out, and neither are you.
Really Think About It
Think positively about your new approach to a healthy lifestyle. If you’re determined to find fault, you will find it. If you look for a silver lining, you will find it. You may have to try lots of foods, proportions, sports, routines, and mantras before you find what makes your body happy. Help yourself by going after your weight loss goals rather than fighting for them. Celebrate every victory, whether it’s discovering you like your coffee without sugar, you find out you really can do 15 reps instead of 10 with the hand weights, or you’re down a pants size.
Find out how Wilson Health Services team of friendly health and wellness professionals can help you discover ways to improve your health. Call us today at 519-624-8000 or visit https://wilsonhealth.ca and talk to our administrators about the services we offer.