So you’ve decided to go on a diet in the New Year. Congratulations! Making healthier food choices is always a good idea. It can help you lose weight, gain energy and boost your mood. Plus, it can reduce your risk of diseases like diabetes.
Making a resolution to eat healthily isn’t a tough decision. The hard part comes a few weeks later, when your resolve begins to weaken and the temptation to return to old eating habits is stronger than ever. That’s why it’s important to set yourself up for success from the very beginning.
Here are five ways you can keep your diet on track in 2018.
- Be realistic. If one of your goals is to lose weight, decide how much you want to lose and give yourself a deadline. Make sure it’s possible to drop the weight in that time span, and then set out to reach your goal. If you set an unrealistically high weight loss goal, you’re more likely to become discouraged and drop the diet when you don’t reach it fast enough.
- Make your kitchen a healthy food zone. Set yourself up for success by clearing unhealthy foods out of your house altogether. If someone else in your home can’t part with them, at least keep them in an out-of-the-way place. When you have food sitting out in your home, you’ll be more likely to eat it.
- Recognize that you’ll slip up, and that’s OK. If you have an unhealthy late-night snack, keep in mind that all is not lost, and your diet isn’t ruined. Just start fresh the next day and put the past behind you.
- Surround yourself with healthy food choices. When you’re out and about and hunger strikes, you’ll be tempted to eat whatever is available. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have healthy snacks when you’re on the go.
- Pre-plan your choices when eating out. Check out restaurant menus online before you go, decide what you’re going to eat beforehand and stick to your plan when you get there. This way, you can eat healthy while staying social.
Check out Goshen Health's Nutrition and Weight Loss program to learn more about healthy approaches to living and eating.