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With the new year upon us, it is time for resolutions. Weight loss, change of eating habits and diets are among the most popular resolutions. Whether we hope to lose weight, feel better or simply desire to maintain good health, it is important to begin with a goal.
First, determine your specific reason for your resolution and what you want to accomplish. Set a time-line by which to accomplish it. If you need to lose a lot of pounds, if may be more beneficial to set a goal in smaller increments so the task doesn’t seem overwhelming.
Second, decide what steps you need to take to get to your goal. It may be to exercise, eliminate certain types of foods, eat more healthy foods, etc.
Third, investigate a variety of weight loss or healthy eating programs before starting your plan. What fits one does not necessarily fit all.
Fourth, ask yourself how much time and money am I willing to spend? If you find a program that costs fees or requires special foods or supplements can you afford it long enough to get you to a satisfactory point? Is it worth joining a health club for exercise and fitness? Do you have the space and/or equipment at home to exercise without distractions? For exercise on a shoestring – walking is the best and costs no money, only the investment of time and deciding where you will walk. It may be around the school track, at the park, in the mall or around your block. If the program requires special foods, are they something that you will enjoy eating and will your family be able to eat them as well?
Fifth, it can also be helpful to do a short cleanse before staring a diet. This could be done with pre-packaged cleansing programs on the market, buying a book on cleansing and following it’s suggestions, or simply taking three to five days eating primarily fruits & vegetables and drinking lots of water. Cleansing can help to eliminate toxins that have built up in the body. However, a cleanse is not entirely necessary.
The best programs for healthy eating and weight loss are sensible and incorporate a variety of whole foods, lean protein, some complex carbohydrates, a good vitamin/mineral (and perhaps a few herbal supplements), and a plan for moving your body and getting some exercise. Programs that focus on one particular type of food or supplements may help you lose weight, but in the long run they are not as safe or effective as making a lifestyle change to eat healthier.