So, for most of us, the holiday season is over and we’ve returned to our normal routine, with kids back at school and our day jobs as busy as ever.
What better time than now to get back on track with healthy eating and exercise.
Below are some tips to help you get going and make sure you stay on track.
- Plan ahead – this will ensure that you have all the right ingredients on-hand and you’ll be less likely to resort to take-aways and not-so-healthy alternatives.
- Introduce one change at a time – once you’ve mastered one new habit, start on the next one. This way you’ll stand a much better chance of sticking to your new habits and reaching your long-term goal(s).
- Find a buddy with a similar goal – it just makes sense that things will be easier and more fun!
- Exercise in a group, whether in-doors in a studio or by joining a sports club.
- Avoid getting into a situation where your blood sugar levels drop too low. Once your blood sugar levels are too low, you invariably lose the ability to make sensible choices when it comes to food.
- We all have our vices. Make sure you know which one is yours and if it’s related to food, the best way to ensure that you don’t over-indulge is to avoid stocking that particular item at home (whether its chocolate, crisps or cool-drink) – it’s usually a big deterrent if you have to get in your car and go to the shops to fulfill a craving!
- Don’t starve yourself if trying to lose weight – talk about putting yourself at a disadvantage – without fuel, you won’t be able to exercise optimally and without exercise, you won’t be able to burn the extra calories. Starving yourself can also lower your metabolism over time, which will again put you at a disadvantage when it comes to reaching your weight loss goal.
- Include a cheat day occasionally – remember that you want to make long-term changes to your diet and so you need to be realistic and practical.
- Speak about your goals to others – the more people that know, the more people you’ll have to support you along the way.
Let’s make 2018 a year to remember!