Happy New Year! 2018 is here, and it’s going to be a GREAT year. Now, if you’re like most of us who have pledged the “new year, new you” mantra for the new year, I want you to just hold up for a second- and keep on reading my tips here for ACTUALLY starting your healthiest, fittest year yet.
I find the biggest issue for most people is that we aim for goals that are too lofty– not because I think you can’t do it, but by setting lofty goals, you set yourself up for disappointment and failure, YES- I said it. So how do you start the year off right and stay on track and feel like your BEST you? I’ve got some secrets for you, so keep on reading.
6 Tips for your healthiest, fittest year yet:
1. Vow to drink more water: This is one you can DEFINITELY do, and most people really don’t do enough of. Drinking water is SO essential for metabolism (those who drink 64+ oz daily may burn a few HUNDRED more calories than those who don’t), energy (those who drink enough water have more energy), cravings, digestion and more. Aim for 64-72 oz daily.
2. Throw out the sh!t: I mean it. Just get it OUT of your house/ your car/ your desk drawer. There’s no secret that if it’s out of sight it’s a lot easier not to have it. Mostly I mean the potato chips and candy/ sugary items, but if there are foods in your repertoire that you feel act like triggers, just get rid of them. This one isn’t too hard either, just throw out the junk!
3. No excuses for exercise: Study upon study keeps coming back about the importance for metabolism and weight loss/maintenance – for us to MOVE. Not because we should use it as a means for burning calories that we overate, but because it’s good for hormone production, energy metabolism and more. NO excuses either, because here’s a variety of great apps you can do at home. Aim for 30 minutes, 4-5x weekly- at least.
- Daily Burn
- Forte Fit (I use this one!)
- Alo yoga
- Yoga glo
4. Pledge to eat 50% veggies at of ALL of your meals: Yep, I said it- 50% of your plate should be vegetables (OR MORE). It’ll help fill you up without a ton of extra calories, but will also help you cut calories (without even realizing it!)
5. Consider these supplements: But you might want to check with your healthcare practitioner first (ahem, me! see #6).
- Acetyl Carnitine with Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Vitamin D3
6. Work with an expert: This is NEVER underrated, and most of us should be working with a dietitian/nutritionist anyway. People like me can really help you fine tune your eating, exercise, and general everyday living plan. Reach out (below) and inquire about how I work!