Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions to start eating better or lose weight, but they end up ditching the idea a few weeks later. So if you’re ready to makeover your diet, try small goals that are easier to achieve. These “mini-resolutions” can make your nutritional upgrade for 2020 easier.
- Prioritize protein- It helps keep metabolism running at full speed, helps preserve muscle mass as we age and eating it makes us feel fuller, so we may eat fewer calories overall.
- Eat more plants- You don’t have to go full-on vegan, but plant-based diets can help lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity, so try swapping meat for beans and veggies at more meals.
- Focus on fiber- Nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes are full of fiber and it also gives you a feeling of fullness without adding extra calories.
- Slash sugar- Not only is the sweet stuff bad for the waistline, it’s no good for your health either. The American Heart Association recommends that women eat no more than six teaspoons of added sugars a day, but on average we get about 22 teaspoons a day, which adds up to an extra 350 calories!
- Be more mindful when eating- That means paying attention to what you’re consuming and to do that, you’ll need to turn off phones, iPads, TVs and tune in to fullness cues, so you can stop eating when your body has had enough.