It’s that time of year—the gym is extra packed, your friends are adopting juice cleanses and all you hear is “New Year, New You.” It’s enough to make you want to down a quart of Ben & Jerry’s by your lonesome. Instead of following in the footsteps of the masses with grandiose, unrealistic resolutions, we’ve got some simple diet hacks that will make you look and feel your best in 2017.
We hope these diet and wellness hacks will help you have the best year ever!
1. Be realistic.
Be realistic and reasonable when making your goals for the year. Don’t try to quit sugar, carbs and dairy all at once—when you try to make too drastic of a change, it results in rebellion, apathy, and ultimately, giving up. Make resolutions and goals that are specific, measurable, attainable and deadline-driven. If weight loss is your goal, plan something safe and manageable, like losing five pounds by February 15 or March 1. If you want to get into better shape but haven’t hit the gym in a decade, don’t make a resolution to go six days a week. Instead, start with two to three times a week and then build up the duration, intensity and days over time.
2. Have veggies with breakfast.
Most Americans come nowhere near the recommended minimum servings of veggies per day, which is just three. An easy way to up your intake is by adding them to your breakfast plate. Fill your plate with non-starchy sides of veggies or add them to your omelet or scrambled eggs.
3. Color your plate.
Antioxidant-rich produce is key for boosting your health and diet efforts. To ensure you’re getting all the antioxidants you need, add as much color to your plate as possible. The more colorful, the better.
4. Rein in your sugar consumption.
In general, Americans consume way to much sugar on a daily basis. If you’re battling a sweet tooth, deal with it slowly. Cut back gradually and make small changes in your daily routine, such as adding Manuka honey to your tea and anything else you regularly sweeten instead of using sugar. You can also make “sweets” with less sugar to help satisfy cravings.
5. Use psychology.
Portion control is key for diets and weight maintenance. However, small portions look even smaller on big plates and bowls. One of our favorite diet hacks is to use smaller plates and bowls so your brain thinks you’re eating more than you are. Another hint: research shows that people eat more when their food and plates are the same color, so avoid a monochrome meal and place setting.
6. Load up on lean protein.
One of the easiest ways to lose weight and build more lean muscle is by increasing lean protein consumption. Lean protein fills you up for longer, promotes healthy digestion and helps burn more calories on a daily basis. Some great protein-rich choices include eggs, turkey, chicken, tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel, tilapia, quinoa, tofu and lentils.
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