“I’ll never have a cup of coffee again!” “Tomorrow I’m getting a trainer.” “This is the last dessert I’ll ever have in my life.” The resolutions we make in the wee hours of the New Year are usually based more on the bubbly than reality. This year, go for a new kind of goal – one you can actually attain. Try these easy 4...
Water Water Water
Hydrating water is super, super important. Drink three liters a day with a liter down by lunch. And yeah, that’s the quintessential dietitian thing to say – but water really does help you determine if you’re hungry or just thirsty.
Adding just a little bit more body movement into your day is actually pretty easy. Take the subway to work? Get off one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. If you drive, simply park farther from the entrance. Buy a cheap-o pedometer and count how much these little changes add up. Even 15-20 minutes a day on the treadmill is workin’ it better.
Get Cookin', Good Lookin'
Aim for at least two nights a week where you eat at home. Preparing your own meals gives you the ability to control what goes into your food. Your at-home meal doesn't have to be extravagant— even the right frozen dinner can be a good choice. Gals, keep the selection to 300 calories; guys, 400. Add a freezer bag of veggies on the side and you've got yourself an even healthier feast.
Don’t pour on extra calories by drinking them. First it’s the nonfat latte in the morning, then a chai after lunch, then the wine to unwind … hey, liquid calories really add up fast. Try limiting it to just your morning coffee and go for tea in the afternoon. Have one (1) glass of wine at night instead of three. And throughout the day, whenever you’re thirsty, only grab water. And get to three liters.