The holidays have come and gone, and so have all the parties, cookies and treats! After so much merriment, many find that they have followed the “weighs” of Santa and realize that all those cookies lead to a tight red suit! If you are looking to shed a few pounds this year, here are some suggestions to keep in mind:
- Make goals that are realistic and achievable. Losing 1 pound per week is more realistic than 5.
- Keep a food journal documenting everything that you eat and drink with approximate amounts. Every bite should be recorded to encourage accountability and to provide a visual cue as to what you may have already consumed.
- Try one of the many apps available to track calories, exercise and food intake.
- Purchase an inexpensive pedometer and a good pair of athletic shoes. Shoot for a minimum of 3,000 steps per day.
- Be food conscious, not food obsessive. Balancing lower fat, high fiber items like fruits, vegetable and whole grains with smaller portions of those foods higher in calories adds up to a healthier, well-balanced diet.
- Write a list of achievable projects around the house that may distract you from sitting in front of the television or snacking, such as sorting the mail or cleaning out a junk drawer or closet. As you check them off, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and avoid a potentially unhealthy snack.
Above all, stay committed to yourself and praise yourself for every milestone, no matter how small!
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Alison Manger-Weikel, R.D., L.D.N., is the director of food, environmental and patient transportation services at Carroll Hospital Center.