It’s no surprise that the #1 New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. After all, more than 1 out of every 3 Americans is considered to be obese, and almost 75% of all men are at least considered to be overweight. So, in the season for goal setting, most people decide they want to lose weight and get healthier.
We’re here to cheer you on and give you some helpful tips for achieving healthier eating habits so you can improve your health and shed those unwanted pounds. Of course, you’ve probably heard it said that about 90% of all diets fail. That’s because most diets set a laundry list of oppressive rules that are practically impossible to stick with for an extended period of time. The real secret to losing weight and getting healthier is to make small, practical changes in your diet over time that you can stick with for a lifetime.
With that in mind, here are 5 simple ways you can start making healthier eating decisions in 2015 and beyond!
- Eat less sodium—The average American eats way too much salt. It’s hidden in just about everything we eat. The risks of consuming too much sodium are endless, including hypertension, osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney problems, hormone imbalances, and so much more. Try to cut back on salt whenever possible. One good way to do that is to use low-sodium cooking products when possible, like Little Soya low-sodium soy sauce which has a fraction of the sodium levels of standard soy sauce.
- Cut back on gluten—While not everyone needs to go on a gluten-free diet, the truth is there are a lot of benefits that can come with at least cutting back on how much gluten you consume. Many people report simply feeling better and having improved digestion after limiting their gluten intake. Try to become more mindful of your gluten intake, and when possible, consider using gluten-free substitutes, like Little Soya gluten-free soy sauce.
- Add fruits or vegetables to every meal—By adding a little produce to each meal, you can get more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boost your overall health. Eating at least 5 servings of produce can help reduce your risk for stroke, heart disease, and some cancers. An easy way to do this is to add a serving of fruit to breakfast every morning and a couple of servings of greens to lunch and dinner. Check out our simple recipe for winter greens sautéed with Little Soya and garlic…it’s delicious!
- Make water your go-to drink—Its recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day so that you don’t become chronically dehydrated. Simply put, water is essential to health and should be a staple in our diets. Instead of always reaching for a calorie-loaded drink like a coke, try to make water your go-to beverage of choice. Don’t like the taste of plain water? That’s okay. Add some flavor with a wedge of lemon or lime, or infuse it with some fruits of your choice.
- Be more aware—Simply put, one of the best things you can do to reach your health goals for 2015 is to be more aware of what you’re consuming. Pay attention to everything you eat and drink. Write it down if you can. And try to slow down when you eat so you can naturally eat less while feeling fuller.
We’re here to support you in achieving a healthier, happier lifestyle in 2015! Let’s do this!