It’s a cliche that many people embrace for the New Year–lose weight! Get healthy! For many, weight is a constant battle, and the ups and downs of weight loss and gain can seriously affect your health. “Getting healthy” is a very broad term, but what it boils down to is a lifestyle change. In today’s information age, there is more than enough information out there to show that diets do not work. But completely overhauling your entire lifestyle and the way you consume food can be overwhelming.
Our suggestion? Start small. Make minor adjustments in your lifestyle and allow it to have a snowball effect. The little changes can add up to make a big difference, and when you start feeling better, you’ll start making bigger changes as well. Here are a few bite-sized suggestions to get the ball rolling:
- Add water. It’s hard to believe such a small thing can make such a big difference, but consuming more water throughout the day will keep you feeling sated and refreshed, not to mention the implications it has for your health–flushing your system, giving you energy, and preventing headaches.
- Cut your portions. Don’t throw out your entire meal plan and go Paleo overnight. Instead, enjoy the foods you enjoy now, but in smaller portion sizes. We’ve been conditioned to believe we need way more food on our plates than we actually do. Everything doesn’t have to be super-sized.
- Slow down. Don’t scarf your food down in 5 minutes–it’s not a race. Eating slowly will help you to gauge when you are really full.
- Add a little color. If you can’t bring yourself to give up your double cheeseburger at dinner, add a salad or some fresh fruits and vegetables to the meal. Eat those first, and then the cheeseburger–you may find you don’t need to finish the whole thing at that point.
The key is to set manageable goals and build upon them. Are you finding success with smaller goals? Share your stories in the comments below.