It’s the New Year which means everyone is collectively feeling the remnants from the holidays on their waistline, wallet and will. So what to do? Well, every year thousands of people recommit to their health by joining a gym, starting a new exercise plan or going on a diet. I’m here to tell you that while these are all good pursuits, you also need to make changes that will help you in your lifestyle. So here are a few Tips for Getting in Shape this Year.
Hydrate- Your cells need water to carry out their processes, which means in order to be the most effective in your workouts, you need to drink water. Water also helps curb hunger helping you eat less throughout the day! Fit Tip: Try drinking hot water with lemon when you first get up to kickstart your hydration!
Eat Fat- For so long we were told fat is the enemy when this just isn’t the case. Fat is essential to our well being. But the kind of fat you eat is just as important. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are ideal. Try to avoid saturated and trans fats. Fit Tip: Look for healthy fats in foods like salmon, avocado, walnuts, almonds, nut butters, olive oil and chia seeds.
Fiber- Fiber is helps you feel full and can assist some people with losing weight. Additionally, fiber has been shown to reduce certain types of cancers. All good reasons to load up! Fit Tip: Eat fiber fortified cereals and breads. Look for whole wheat or whole grain and include super foods like quinoa, dark leafy green vegetables and legumes or beans.
Eat Sugar- What!? Ok, what I mean is eat sugar in small doses. Most people don’t do well with going cold turkey and making too many changes at once is a recipe for failure. So, if you are going to eat sugar, do it in small portions and really watch your intake. Fit Tip: Trick your sweet tooth with fruit for dessert or a little chocolate with fruit. Or try Greek yogurt with a few chocolate chips instead of ice cream!
Eat Breakfast- Mom always said it was the most important meal of the day and she was right! Eating breakfast in the morning helps control your hunger and your overall food intake for the day. Plus, it literally breaks the fast that you had overnight while you were sleeping helping to reboost up the metabolism and get it ready for the day. Fit Tip: A healthy breakfast idea like these smoothie bowls is a great way to start the day!
Eat Small Meals- Eating several small meals a day rather than three big ones will help satisfy your hunger and keep you from overeating at mealtime. Fit Tip: Keep your portions small so you don’t overeat!
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P.S. Like the photo above of Apple Pie Overnight Oats? The recipe is included in my 30 Day Clean Eating Guide!