Instead of vowing to lose weight in January, why not consider the more sustainable resolution of eating healthier in 2021?
There is less pressure, the concept is entirely positive, and it does not demand that we go on a diet. And yes, we will still lose weight – just in case you were wondering.
Here are some simple, everyday tips to make it happen.
1. Do not eat less.
Starvation is as motivating as receiving a new calendar for Christmas. If we are to lose weight, we must have the desire to do so. What do we want to do? Eat. What do we want to skip? Dieting. How can we make it happen? By making healthier food swaps so we eat better and not less.
For example, instead of eating calorie-dense lasagna, try a fresh tomato pasta with fragrant herbs and spices or eat two cookies instead of six. Nothing is really taken away, only enjoyed in a new way.
2. Drink more water.
Life drastically changed when my sister gave me a reusable water bottle. I carry it everywhere and feel so much better for it. I cannot recommend it enough.
Not only does hydration eliminate headaches triggered by thirst, but it also prevents unnecessary snacking. Thirst is a delayed bodily reaction, and more important, the brain confuses it with hunger sometimes. Instead of reaching for a glass of water, it tells you to eat something. That is not very waist-friendly, is it?
3. Simplify plant-based meals.
Before going for Meatless Mondays full-on, take baby steps and simply try one plant-based item in a day. Keep it simple so there is no shock. Easy options include pizza margarita, twice-baked potatoes, hummus and flat bread, crispy leftover veg pancakes, and vegetarian pad Thai. It can really be easy and refreshing, not to mention super tasty.
4. Keep the desserts!
I can personally say that the number one reason I work out is so I can have dessert. Totally worth it. And even if we want to eat healthier, we can continue enjoying dessert as long as we are mindful of our consumption.
Having a slice of cheesecake does not make us a bad person. The point is to be conscious of our goals and eat intentionally. Know when enough is enough.
5. Start moving.
The uplifting effects of eating healthier paired with exercise cannot be underestimated. Who would not enjoy waking up light and refreshed in the morning? When we match our conscious eating efforts with physical activity, we will discover new things about our bodies and become more inspired as we continue to feel better every day.
Eating healthier does not have to be the way of the cross – we just have to adjust small things about our daily habits and we will lose weight naturally and for the long-term. What are you trying this 2021 to be kinder to your body and eat better?