Happy New Years!
I hope everyone had a happy and healthy week of celebrating the holidays and New Years! With it being January 2 though, I'm sure a bunch of us are feeling the holiday hangover (or actual hangover) and the weight of reality slamming back into us. With that harsh wake up call after the holidays, I would guess that a bunch of us set our NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS and are ready for some positive changes in '17!
With that the number one NYR without question is always health and wellness related- whether that be getting to the gym more consistently, eating more veges, sleeping more, but more often than not is usually body composition related (usually losing weight). This makes sense, since according to the CDC 2 in 3 adults in the US are considered overweight, while 1 in 3 adults are considered obese.
While some people will absolutely nail their weight loss goals, but too often people fail from too much change too quickly. People will try to eat a completely different diet from what they usually do, or get into an unsustainable diet that will never last for them or fit their lifestyle.
Instead of trying to make too big of changes too quickly- first give yourself a pat on the back for attempting to make a change! Getting out of our comfort zones is never easy and willingly putting yourself in this uncomfortable place should be commemorated!
My next suggestion would be to actually add food to what you normally do rather then take away. This helps ease you into better decision making with your food and will actually probably fill you up so you won't have to snack or make poor choices with your food. One of my favorites add ons is the Super Shake that I found through Precision Nutrition.
***Side note*** I usually point people to one of my favorite nutrition resources- Precision Nutrition (I believe in them so much I got my Level 1 PN certification). PN is absolutely terrific resource and goes more into supporting behavioral change rather than going too deep down the nutrition rabbit hole.
The Super Shake is so good in my opinion because it is a healthy combination of Protein, Fats, Carbs, Vegetables, and actually tastes good depending on the combination you choose. Also, making it a shake is super convenient and leaves little room for people to argue they don't have time to sit down and eat a healthy meal.
Check out the link below and give it a shot for a week in the morning or a late afternoon snack (when you'd typically be reaching for something else).
(My favorite is the vanilla and pumpking)!