Feeling the bloat of a heavy Chinese New Year?
These weight loss tips from Herbalife Nutrition expert, Dr. Luigi Gratton, Vice President of Nutrition Education and Development and the Chairman of the Nutritional Advisory Board (NAB) for Herbalife can help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions this time.
1. Create specific and achievable goals and resolutions.
An achievable lifestyle change can lead to sustainable, lasting results, as opposed to a “fad” diet. Instead of “I want to get fit,” try “I will walk 30 minutes a day” or “I will park further and walk to the office”.
Start “once a day” healthier choices. Choose a meal, either lunch or dinner, to have a healthy meal or give up fried foods for lunch or sugary drinks for one meal a day. For example, ditching soda in favour of water at one meal can cut at least 150 calories and about 10 teaspoons of sugar out of your day.
Start a “once a week” goal. For example, start a yoga class once a week or pack your own lunch once a week.
2. Make small lifestyle changes.
Add fruits and vegetables to your meal, go for a walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park your car further from the door and walk. It typically takes about three weeks to create a habit.
3. Take action, get fit.
Weight management is a result of balanced nutrition and exercise. Remember that you need to supply your muscles with protein and other nutrients that are important to your workout recovery. If you find that you may not have time, try doing wall squats which you can do while watching television or at work and can help increase your stamina, strengthen your core muscles and help you focus.
4. Maintain a balanced nutrition.
Balanced nutrition includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and proteins which help maintain energy and curb appetite. By learning what size portions you need to eat to feel ‘not hungry any more’—as opposed to feeling ‘stuffed’—you can trim your food intake significantly. Portion control strategies include using smaller plates, serving your food in the kitchen rather than having serving dishes at the table and using meal replacements such as protein shakes, bars or frozen meals.
These and other tips from Herbalife’s fitness and nutrition experts, along with healthy recipes to help achieve your New Year’s resolution, can be found at http://www.discovergoodnutrition.com/.
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