Year after year, the top New Year’s resolution continues to revolve around losing weight and getting in shape. But saying it is one thing – actually doing it is another. So to make your new year a little easier, our team of registered dietitians put together some health tips that can help you stay on track.
It’s no surprise that losing weight remains the No. 1 New Year’s resolution, since the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season. But old habits die hard, and less than 10% of people actually end up successfully achieving their goals.
To help you make this year a success, our team of registered dietitians has shared 4 easy tips to help you lose those unwanted pounds once and for all.
Want additional help? Attend one of our weekly Weight Management classes.
Top Health Tips: Start the New Year Off Right
1. Fill half your plate with vegetables. “By filling half your plate with vegetables, you reduce your portions of higher calorie foods,” shares Caitlin Griffin, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian at Renown Health.
“Vegetables are also generally low in fat, low in sodium and high in fiber, which are all necessary for people that are trying to lose weight.”
2. Even if a label says 0 gm Trans Fat, check the ingredients to make sure it does not contain “partially hydrogenated oils.” “Partially hydrogenated oil is just code for trans fat, which is bad for your health and can increase your risk of heart disease and obesity,” shares Stephen Compston, RD, LD, CDE, Renown Outpatient Dietary Educator.
3. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. “When you buy fruits and vegetables that are in season, the abundant supply lowers the cost,” says Lynice Anderson, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Renown Health.
“Additionally, the freshness of the fruits and vegetables makes them more delicious and nutrient-rich, which helps you stick to your healthy eating habits long-term.”
4. Substitute fruit as your dessert. “Fruits can be just as sweet as dessert, and you can save hundreds of calories,” says Caitlin.
“While fruits do have sugar, they have far fewer calories than our favorite desserts. Fruits also contain many essential vitamins and minerals that help keep you stay full for a longer period of time.”
So if all you got for Christmas was a bigger waistline, try these 4 easy tips to start losing weight and get healthy. You can also join our weekly weight management classes led by a team of registered dietitians and other healthcare professionals.
Classes are just $40 each. Buy five classes and get one free, plus a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with one of Renown’s registered dietitians. Visit renown.org/WeightManagement for more information and registration.