Change is hard, especially when creating healthy new habits. According to research, it takes an average of 14 days to form a new habit. So instead of jumping onto your New Year’s resolution to a healthier, better and slimmer you, take it slow and aim to inculcate to promote a new healthy habit each month and by this time next year you’ll be a whole new you.
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JANUARY – Drink more water!
Sounds simple, but it works. Researchers have found that drinking water helps you lose weight, since you eat less because water keeps you feeling full. Plus it helps in flushing out toxins from your body. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day and see the difference for yourself. The glow on your skin will be another one of its benefits.
FEBRUARY – Get more sleep.
Most of the adults do not get proper sleep, Social networking, usually late at night, is one of the reasons for sleep deprivation. Getting proper sleep helps your body to fight off illness like cold or flu and lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes. For a better and healthier you aim for a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
MARCH – Make breakfast your priority
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. If you intend on being healthy DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST. It gives you a boost of energy to keep your body active for the day ahead. Keep breakfast simple with a bowl of whole grain cereal with normal milk and fruit or whole wheat toast with low-fat yogurt.
APRIL – Keep a food journal.
Writing down what you eat may double your chances of losing weight. Keeping track of your intake makes you more aware of what you are eating. It also helps you identify specific food habits and where you can make healthy changes.
MAY – Exercise to Stay Healthy
When it comes to losing weight, exercising is the most sought-after option and if you are lazy or have time constraints going for a walk seems the best alternative. It requires no special equipment and can be done anywhere. You need 30 minutes of walking at a brisk pace five days a week, have a time problem? break your walks into 10-15 minute time intervals 2-3 times a day.
JUNE – Eat fruits and veggies
Low in calories and full of fibre, you can’t go wrong eating these nutrient-rich gems. You’ll have an easier time maintaining your health and lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
JULY – Downsize your plates
Your eyes can sometimes your plates be too big for your stomach. Trade your large plates for smaller ones to cut portions and save calories. Your plate will look full and satisfying, but you’ll eat less. (Also it’ll save your time in washing dishes).
AUGUST – Find a workout buddy
Working out with a friend increases your motivation to exercise. It makes workouts more fun especially when you add a fun element to them. Set weekly goals and make targets. Plus, an accountability system helps you stay consistent. Definitely a great way to get a healthy body and a healthy mind as well.
SEPTEMBER – Go meatless.
Don’t go on cutting off your consumption completely, but make a plan to eat one or two meatless meals a week for better health. One study suggested that eating less meat, especially red and deli meat may lower your risk of cancer and certain diseases related to the heart.
OCTOBER – Savor your meals
Savor your meal. Perfect the art of slow eating. It takes your brain 20 minutes to send out a signal of fullness. Taking your time in savouring your meal helps you eat fewer calories and leaves you feeling more satisfied. And of course, Mommy taught you to chew your food properly, right?
NOVEMBER – Unplug and unwind.
The constant buzzing of phone and emails makes it hard to relax. Research has shown that heavy use of technology may lead to depression, stress and sleeping disorders. Make time to put the technology away and connect with yourself and your loved ones. After all, one life is all we’ve got!
DECEMBER – Don’t skip meals.
Don’t let your social calendar thwart all your efforts. You might be tempted to skip lunch and save room for a dinner party, but it will backfire. In turn, skipping meal might lead to a feeling of extreme hunger and you might end up eating more than necessary. Skipping meals and then overeating is one of the various reasons that lead to obesity.
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