Maintaining those New Year’s resolutions can be tough, especially those that have to do with managing weight gain. With the endless amount of information available on the web, it can be hard to narrow down all of that advice.
We searched and navigated our way through the best tried and true tips from the pros – the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – to bring you information from the nutrition experts including our very own partner and registered dietician, Cynthia Sass.
Whether your aim this spring is to lose or maintain your weight, these basic steps can help you make smarter choices to keep a healthy lifestyle in the long-term.
- Incorporate Every Food Group. Eating all five food groups is essential to your health goals. Consider incorporating a wide variety of grains, protein, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy. Managing a balanced diet provides you with the fuel you’ll need to tackle your day and function efficiently.
Back to Fresh Tip: Try and incorporate salads into your lunch. Mix them up from time-to-time by combining lean proteins such as lentils or beans for an added boost of energy.
- Portion Control. If you’re trying to shed some pounds, be sure to keep your portions in check with a portion control and size guide. Another great way to help with weight management is to remember to read food labels on packaging for recommended serving sizes.
Back to Fresh Tip: You should eat leafy greens at least 2-3 times per week and servings should be at least 1.5 cups each time.
- Balance a Healthy Diet with Physical Activity. You will find yourself having extra energy with a healthier diet. Now it’s time for some balance. How much activity are you currently getting? Challenge yourself by adding 15-to-20 minutes of exercise each day. To reach your ideal and healthy weight, you’ll need to stay active for longer periods of time or build a more intense workout.
Back to Fresh Tip: Including at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day will cut your risk of heart disease.
For additional information about health and nutrition, visit eatright.org and be sure to keep following our Cultivate blog for foodie hacks and ways you can maintain a nutritious lifestyle.