Dieting and weight loss are some of America’s most popular, favorite New Year’s resolutions. It’s not difficult to figure out why looking and feeling great on a daily basis is a common goal. After all, nobody wants to feel uncomfortable, self-conscious, or suffer from life-threatening diseases related to being overweight such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or even cancer.
If dieting and eating healthier is on your radar for the New Year, follow these five smart dieting tips to help you meet your goals.
1. Take it slow
Make small, gradual changes to your current diet. Don’t overhaul your diet all at once, or you may be more susceptible to overeating, binge eating, and cheating with junk foods. Start out by eating an extra piece of fruit or produce once per day, eat fish at least once per week, and gradually start cutting out junk foods.
2. Drink more water
By now, you should know that sodas, fruit juices, and energy drinks are packed with sugar and relatively bad for your health. Start drinking more water to better hydrate yourself, and slowly eliminate other drinks from your diet. Plus, water helps lubricate your muscles during workouts, improves digestion, and helps eliminate waste and toxins from your body. Add more water to your diet by drinking a glass of water first thing every morning, and by swapping out a can of soda for a glass of water every day.