The holidays can be a good time to indulge a little more than usual, but for some people, this could be the last few days for bad habits. You've got your New Year's resolutions in mind, and you tell yourself this year is going to be different. One expert has some tips to help make those goals reality.
For some of us, New Year's resolutions call for self-improvement. We want to get fit and lose all that excess weight as soon as possible. But, if you achieve in small doses, you might have a better chance of keeping those pounds off permanently.
"Even if you may have a lot of weight to lose, maybe in the month of January you really just want to work on losing five pounds in a month." -says clinical dietician Shirley Poole.
Set a goal you know you can achieve. Along the way, notice the breakdowns, whether it's poor diet or low activity levels. For exercise, Poole says you don't need a gym membership to get fit. If you're watching television, get up and move around during the commercials. Go for a 30 minute walk everyday. You can even start the process sitting at work.
"Every hour at least you need to get up and walk around, maybe it's to go outside and walk around the building and come back in to do your job." -says Poole
Eating healthy isn't always the cheapest option but Poole says, don't write-off the produce section completely.
"Maybe some other fruits that are definitely less expensive at this time of year; apples, oranges. Also, look into the canned and frozen vegetables I mean they may not be ideal but sometimes that's a great way to add those types of things to your diet." -she says.
Resolutions don't just have to be for you. Get your family involved and your kids active, even if it means putting those new Christmas gifts on the back burner.
"Get rid of the video games, all of those things are a huge detriment to their activity level." -she adds.
If you don't plan on starting resolutions January 1st, you're not alone. Poole says her office doesn't get calls from people seeking weight-loss advice until mid-January. She also warns to watch out for diet fads like juicing.
"You lose a lot of the fiber and fiber is what helps bind with the cholesterol and actually helps lower your cholesterol level. The other thing is when we drink juice, it's gone like that and we don't give our body a chance to feel full."
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