- Every Jan. 1, we are able to set new goals for the coming year. Most people set health and fitness goals as their No. 1 priority. However, if you set the bar too high, you may end up setting yourself up to fail before you even start. Listed below are eight quick tips to ensure that you stay on the right track as you work toward your goal of losing weight, healthier eating, and living a long, energetic life.
- Curb your sweet tooth. Sugar is now a direct cause of heart disease among diabetes and other avoidable diseases, according to the American Heart Association.
- Start your day with a solid breakfast. This will keep you from overeating at later meals, and give you brain power and energy the whole day through.
- Choose wisely when being social. You can still eat out and enjoy restaurants. Just pick clean eats, including sauces on the side, and food prepared plain, steamed or grilled. Your waistline will thank you.
- No multi-tasking at mealtime. Sit down and enjoy your food when it’s time. If you’re busy talking and texting, you won’t really be tasting and chewing your food efficiently. Overeating can be a problem here, as well, if you’re not focusing on what you’re consuming.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand for those times when you’re not able to eat your scheduled meal. Maybe you’re stuck in traffic or running late at the office. Skipping meals only sets you up for overeating. A deficit of more than 500 calories a day can slow down your fat-burning efforts.
- Keep alcohol consumption minimal or don’t drink at all. You don’t need to drink to be social. Your body turns off fat-burning when you’re drinking alcohol. Try seltzer with sliced lemon or lime. It’ll look like a mixed drink.
- Read your labels. Take responsibility and know exactly what you’re consuming. If a product has a long list of ingredients, it’s probably not something you want in your cabinet. The shorter the list, the better.
- Cut the carbs late at night. The no. 1 fat-loss tip: Eat most of your food when the sun is up, not when the moon is out. If you eat a big meal loaded with carbs at the end of the day or even late, the hormone insulin will cause the body to store the unused energy as fat. It will also turn off the release of growth hormone that occurs while you’re resting. This will prohibit your cells from regenerating and healing.
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