As a Registered Dietitian, one aspect of my job is to assess if someone is ready for a lifestyle change. Once someone is ready for a lifestyle change, it’s time to start setting goals that lead to sustainable changes. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Attempting to start fresh every week or trying to be perfect by starting your new eating habits and fitness schedule at the same time is too much! You may become overwhelmed and get burnt out quickly. Things happen so if you have fallen off track here are some ideas for small goals to get into a healthy routine… slowly.
7 Small Goals to Help You Recharge:
Drink more water and cut out sugary beverages. Drink half your weight in ounces of water. For example, if someone weighs 150 pounds they should drink 75 ounces of water per day. Try it!
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Choose more healthful snacks. Check the nutrition facts label. Cut out that extra treat you sometimes sneak in.
3) Portion Size:
Shrink your meals if you’re known to overindulge, but don’t undereat because that can cause weight loss plateaus.
Eat it every day. This is an excellent opportunity to add more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and protein to your day.
5) Taste Test:
Try one new fruit and/or vegetable per week. You may find you love new healthy produce you never thought you would like!
Meal prep one recipe for the week or cook one extra night per week. Cooking meals at home decreases your chances for making unhealthy meal choices.
Commit to working out 3-4 times per week for at least 30 minutes. If you’re already doing that try adding one extra workout per week.
Start with one goal and add a goal each week. Doing this can help lead to habits. Once these simple things become habits, then you can expand your goals and build on the foundation you have created.
If you have specific questions about diet and lifestyle changes feel free to contact your favorite Registered Dietitian here.