Has it been the same for you every year where the healthy eating and exercise habits only last until the first month? Lifestyle changes should be a year-round thing, but unfortunately many fall short because they just make too many unrealistic goals!
Instead of diving into quick fixes and drastic diets for you to lose the holiday weight, it’s best you start with minor sustainable tweaks that can eventually lead to your bigger lifestyle change goals.
Here are a few realistic lifestyle changes you can start doing NOW:
Satisfy your sweet cravings with FRUITS first!
Cravings are inevitable, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Your first instinct might want to make you grab that candy bar. When it comes to controlling your cravings, remember that it’s all in the mind! Trick your mind in satisfying your cravings by eating healthier alternatives. Fruits are healthier sugary sources because it’s sweet enough to fulfill your cravings. At the same time, it contains additional fibers that help in making you feel fuller for longer!
2. Drink enough water
It’s an age-old advice to hydrate enough. Still, a lot of people forget this simple habit! In Australia a huge 80% of adults suffer chronic dehydration, drinking only 1.3 liters per day on average. That means most adults lack a third of recommended daily water intake! Staying hydrated is beneficial as it keeps your body processes in check. However, it can also contribute to your weight loss as it helps in keeping your hunger and cravings at bay!
3. Try to cook more at home
Nowadays, it’s much easier to buy a meal than to prepare one yourself. But in doing this, you’re losing awareness over what goes into your body! Cooking your own meals at home means that you’re able to customize and adjust your food to your liking! That means you have better control of the amount of salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats you are consuming. Best of all, it can be an enjoyable experience you can share with your loved ones! Click here for a recipe you can try!
4. Going Meatless on Mondays
Did you know that eating more than 700 grams (raw weight) of red meat a week increases your risk of bowel cancer? The World Health Organization has classified processed meats as a Group 1 carcinogen. That’s why it’s now recommended to reduce the number of processed meats we consume. Although it’s entirely difficult to cut meat out of your diet, a realistic habit you can adopt is going meatless every Mondays. Opt for plant-based protein sources like beans, legumes, and soy, which can also be higher in nutrients and fiber!
5. Eat probiotic-rich foods once a day
Your gut health is extremely important. One way to keep them in check is by maintaining a healthy gut microbiota. Eating probiotic-rich foods like yogurts, kefir, tempeh, and other fermented foods can improve your gut and immune health.