Another year has come and gone and it is time, again, to set those health goals for the new year. If you’re like a lot of people, you’re experiencing frustration and even disappointment that you didn’t achieve the health goals you thought you would have achieved over the past year.
Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions center on losing weight and eating better. In the fast-paced world in which we live, when it comes to weight loss and weight control, we want results – and we want them fast. With the dieting messages that surround us, it can be very tempting to resort to fad diets to get the ‘promised’ quick results. However, any diet or eating plan that emphasizes a particular food or eliminates a particular food or food group should raise a red flag, as it goes against the central principles of healthy eating and good nutrition: balance, variety and moderation.
When you consider what nutrition or weight loss goals you want to achieve, it’s important to remember that the word diet actually comes from the Greek word ‘diaita,’ which means way of life. ‘Diet’ really refers to the way we eat throughout our lives. A diet is something permanent and something that can include all foods – in moderation. Think of the changes you want to make as something permanent – not something that you will do for only one or two months. At PWLC, our programs are designed to help you lose the weight safely and effectively while learning those important eating habits that can benefit you for a lifetime!
When it comes to setting nutrition goals, keep in mind that small changes can lead to big rewards. Take a look at how you are currently eating. We strongly encourage (ok, nag!) you to keep a food journal while losing weight so you can analyze your typical eating patterns and see how your weight is affected by certain foods. Also, are you drinking water? Are you including fruits and vegetables? Are you eating breakfast? Do you tend to snack right before going to bed? We help you learn the in’s and out’s of how proper nutrition will fuel your body, provide abundant energy, and crank up your metabolic rate in order to maintain the healthy weight that you’ve achieved!
With over 36 years of experience, we have weight loss success down to a science. We teach you how to make small changes that bring tangible results; when you realize you are able to make a few small changes, you will be even more motivated to continue to incorporate additional healthier eating habits. We have found that successful people start small and build upon their accomplishments.
Here are some ideas for a first change you can make toward healthier eating in the new year:
- Eat breakfast. Try to incorporate healthy foods like eggs, fat-free or low-fat yogurt, and fruit. You want your breakfast to be low in sugar but high in other nutrients that will keep you full like fiber and protein.
- Switch from drinking regular soda to water. You can flavor your water with slices of fresh fruit or use no calorie water flavorings.
- Switch your bread from white to whole grain. Look for those breads containing 3 grams of fiber or more per slice.
- Switch from regular pasta to whole grain pasta. You may need to cook whole wheat pasta a little bit longer to soften it up.
- Switch from whole milk or 2% milk to 1% or skim milk.
- Aim to drink more water. Add one or two extra glasses of water per day. Drinking more water throughout the day may curb your appetite and keep you from drinking beverages that are high in sugar.
Hopefully these tips can point you toward success with your 2016 weight loss goals. And, we are here to help, too! Please call or schedule a free consultation online if you’d like to learn more about PWLC’s weight loss programs. Next year at this time you can feel healthy and accomplished rather than frustrated and disappointed! Now that’s a great goal! 🙂