We’re a week into the New Year – how’s your resolution going? For those of you who’ve vowed to lose weight, eat better, and exercise more, you’re not alone if you’re struggling to stay on track. Approximately 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February. The problem? Often, it’s the resolution itself. It’s too vague.
Losing weight and keeping it off involves a lifestyle change. Making your resolution more specific to such a change will make it easier to keep. For example, you can resolve to:
- Increase your Omega-3s;
- Learn to cook vegetables in new and interesting ways;
- Eat less sugar;
- Eat less red meat; or
- Eat more fiber-rich foods.
Any one of these will make a difference in your weight and overall health. Even better, targeting your nutrition can help you prevent disease while keeping the pounds off. Do you have osteoporosis in your family? Worried about high blood pressure? Ulcers? Your mood? Tooth decay? Want to keep your brain active as long as possible? The foods you eat can help mitigate the health concerns you have now and in future as well as maintain a healthy weight.
Our registered dietitians can help. A doctor’s referral is required to meet with a dietitian. If your physician is a member of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, our registered dietitians will be able to access your medical records, with your permission. Or, you can bring a copy of your records with you. With this information, you and your dietitian can prioritize the nutritional changes your body needs most to addresses your unique health goals. Dietitans can also help with general nutrition without your records. Visit our Nutrition Services page to learn more.
And don’t forget to keep moving. Each day, resolve to do a little more today than you did yesterday. Before long, you’ll have moved from 10 minutes a day to 60 minutes. For tips on safely keeping up your walking in winter, see our blog, “Walk Like a Penguin.”