Make your healthy eating New Year resolutions stick

At the start of a New Year, it’s all too tempting to forsake our resolutions.

In fact, there’s an official day when people start to falter on their new healthy lifestyles. In the first few weeks of January, “Quitter’s Day” is when people are most likely to lose their motivation.

But if you want to continue to push for a healthier year, with manageable goals and realistic planning, you can still make this year your healthiest year yet.

Know the facts about fats

When it comes to eating healthier, a lot of people assume that fats are the first thing they need to remove from their diets.

However, your body needs a certain amount of fat, and certain fats are essential for a balanced and healthy diet.

Unsaturated fats such as olive oil, avocado and nuts are needed to help your body absorb certain vitamins.

With that being said, you also need to cut down on certain fats such as saturated fat, which can be found in butter, cheese and biscuits.

Sugar: not such a sweet deal

For many years, fat has been seen as the enemy, somewhat unfairly. Especially since scientists now argue that sugar is the real issue.

Sugar can upset our natural levels of blood sugar and insulin. It also encourages fat storage and can lead to people developing type 2 diabetes.

Natural sugars that are found in fruits and milk-based products are needed to maintain a healthy diet. But ‘free sugars’ are added to products by manufacturers and have little nutritional value.

It’s recommended that we all take steps to cut these types of sugars out of our diets. While this won’t be done overnight, it’s something that you could aim to do over the course of the next year to vastly improve your health.

A sustainable exercise plan

After feeling sluggish over the Christmas binge period, it’s easy to make promises about how we’ll make up for it by spending 7 days a week in the gym. However, we all have busy lives and this simply isn’t sustainable.

Instead of dragging yourself to the gym and hating every second of it, try to be a bit more realistic and make exercise a more enjoyable part of your life.

If you enjoy dancing the night away, look into some local dance classes. Rather than sacrificing social plans, get your friends involved.

A study by Strava found that those who exercise in a group exercise 10% longer and 21% further and that the key to long-term success past January is goal setting; 88% of runners are still active six months after setting a goal.

When it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, making small changes will make the process more sustainable in the long run, rather than just another failed resolution.

If you want to make 2020 the year you get serious about the health and wellbeing of your employees, we can offer help and advice on the most effective occupational health strategies to do this.

Get in touch with our team to find out more.

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