At the beginning of every year, many of us make health-related resolutions, such as to lose weight, stop smoking or join the neighborhood health club. While it is common to set high goals to improve your health, experts say that setting smaller goals could do more for our health.
As we draw closer to the end of this great 2015, I want to remind you that if your goals were not met this year, you can start all over again and have a wonderful 2016
“Small steps are achievable and are easier to fit into your daily routine,” says James O. Hill, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. “They are less overwhelming than a big, sudden change.”
Here are the 10 small steps to try out for a great 2016
- Stop gaining weight: Even if you gain just a pound or two every year, the extra weight adds up quickly and before you know what’s wrong you are way above the scale.
- Take more small steps: Use a pedometer to count your daily steps; then add 2,000, the equivalent of one extra mile. Keep adding steps, 1,000 to 2,000 each month or so, until you take 10,000 steps on most days.
- Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and have better diets overall: For a filling and nutrition-packed breakfast, top Whole Grain Total® with fresh fruit slices and low-fat or fat-free milk.
- Switch three grain servings each day to whole grain: If you’re like the average American, you eat less than one whole grain serving a day.
- Have at least one green salad every day: Eating a salad (with low-fat or fat-free dressing) is filling and may help you eat less during the meal. It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruits.
- Trim the fat. Fat has a lot of calories, and calories count: Purchase lean meats, eat poultry without the skin, switch to lower-fat cheeses, and use a nonstick pan with only a dab of oil or butter.
- Consider calcium by including two or three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt: Dairy calcium is good for bones and may also help you lose weight.
- Downsize: The smaller the bag, bottle or bowl, the less you will eat.
- Lose just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight: The health benefits are huge-lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Keep track of your eating: Write down what you eat over the next couple of days and look for problem spots. Often, just writing things down can help you eat less.
I have tried as much as possible to keep this steps ridiculously simple for you for easy practice. Do not hesitate to drop a comment if you have found this helpful