Dry January is a time of self-reflection, resetting and reform, and for some, a weight loss goal. For others, it’s a time to party and celebrate the end of the dry season. Regardless, whatever your reason for wanting to lose weight in the New Year, there are ways to achieve your goal.
Whether you’ve decided to conquer your food demons for good or you just want to lose a few pounds before the end of the year, there are ways you can achieve your goal. We spoke to wellness expert Chloe Maclaurin, MS, RD, (Lond) to find out what foods achieve successful weight loss and which ones you should avoid. Here are her top ten tips.
The best nutritionist to follow for advice on losing weight is a person who specializes in weight loss. Someone who tracks the daily dietary habits of the average person might be able to give you decent advice, but they would not be able to guide you through the complex process of weight loss. Eating a nutrient-rich breakfast is an excellent way to start your day, and it has several advantages. First, eating early suppresses your appetite, so you’ll eat less during the rest of the day. Second, eating a balanced breakfast helps your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which in turn, helps you keep your mental faculties intact. Third, foods that are high in fiber tend to be digested slower than those that are low in fiber, so they provide more sustained energy. Fourth, food that is high in fiber fills you up quicker, which helps with weight loss. Fifth, food that is high in fiber tends to be healthier as it contains more nutrients than those that are low in fiber. Sixth, eating foods high in fiber helps combat the rising rates of obesity, which seems to be endemic in developed societies. Finally, food that is high in fiber helps improve bowel regularity, and regular bowel movements are vital for the digestive system and overall health. So, all things considered, it’s well worth eating a breakfast that’s good for you.
Eat More Fruit
Fruit is crucial for anyone wanting to lose weight. First of all, it is a great source of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Secondly, fruit provides fiber, which again, helps with weight loss. Third, fresh fruit is packed with water, so it helps you stay hydrated, which again, aids weight loss. Fourth, the fiber in fruit helps regulate the digestion process, which in turn benefits weight loss. Fifth, the sweetness of fruit helps mask the strong stench of some of the other foods that you might be ingesting in large quantities. Sixth, the water content in fruit helps to keep you hydrated, which again, benefits weight loss. Seventh, the fiber and antioxidants in fruit provide multiple health benefits. Eighth, the potassium in fruit can be quite helpful in limiting blood sugar spikes, which again, benefits weight loss. Ninth, the magnesium in fruit can be quite helpful in relaxing the muscles of the colon, which again, benefits weight loss. Finally, the vitamin C in fruit helps to keep the human immune system active, which again, benefits weight loss.
Reduce The Amount Of Refined Sugar You Eat
Reducing the amount of refined sugar you eat is extremely important if you want to lose weight. First, refined sugar is absolutely packed with empty calories that turn into fat when eaten in excess. Second, sugar contributes to the rising rates of obesity in the developed world. Third, many of the foods containing sugar are highly processed, and the human body has no real need for processed foods. Fourth, the food industry exploits the demand for sugar in various ways by manipulating the ingredients in their products to appear more affordable or accessible. Fifth, sugar tends to be added to food as a cheap and easy way to improve its taste, but the health effects of adding sugar to food have not been adequately studied. Sixth, sugar is highly addictive, and once you’re addicted, it’s extremely difficult to break free from the temptation of the sweet taste that the processed foods and drinks offer you.
Cut Back On The Drinks
Reducing the amount of drinks you consume is another way to shed off the pounds. First, the drinks you consume impact your waistline directly, so drinking a can or two of Coke a day adds inches to your waistline. Second, the drinks you consume impact your health in other ways apart from just adding to your waistline. Alcoholism is quite common, especially among younger people, and it’s a known cause of cancer, liver disease, and heart disease. Moreover, the stress that some people experience when fighting with their emotions while drinking can be quite taxing, and it’s not something that everyone can handle. Third, the drinks you consume contain lots of calories, which you might as well be ingesting if you’re trying to lose weight. Fourth, the sugar content of some drinks is quite high, and sugar contributes to the rise of obesity in the developed world. However, it’s not just about what you put in your mouth, it’s the way that you live your life. The drinks you consume can affect your health in other ways, so cutting back on the drinks you consume is quite essential if you want to achieve your weight loss goal.
Avoid Foods With Added Oomph
You don’t need artificially added “oomph” to make a food taste better. There are several ways in which food manufacturers manipulate the taste of their products that don’t require added sugar or artificial flavoring to achieve. For instance, some cereals are flavored with molasses or maple syrup, but you certainly don’t need to eat these sweeteners to enjoy the food. Maple syrup, in particular, provides a wonderful depth of flavor that’s unavailable in anything else. Moreover, some foods—like pizza and most burgers—are best enjoyed when they’re fresh, so avoiding these foods if you want to lose weight is quite essential.
Reduce The Amount Of Salt You Eat
Reducing the amount of salt you eat is another way to shed off the pounds. First of all, salt is quite harmful to the human body, particularly if you’re not used to consuming it in moderation. At the same time, too much salt can cause you to retain water, so if you want to achieve your weight loss goal, cutting back on the salt you eat is quite essential.
Many people confuse thirst with hunger, but drinking too much water can cause you to retain water, just like eating too much salt can. Moreover, consuming too much liquid can cause you to become dehydrated, which can affect your mental faculties and even lead to death. It’s quite easy to become dehydrated, even if you drink enough to satisfy your thirst. Simply consume more fluids than you need, and you’ll end up retaining water weight that won’t be easy to shift. Cutting back on the liquids you consume is another great way to shed off the pounds.
There are several eco-friendly products on the market that can be quite useful when trying to lose weight. First, products made from natural and sustainable resources are quite low in toxic chemicals, and they don’t contribute to the destruction of the environment. Second, many of these products contain compounds that are good for the liver, so they help in the process of detoxification. Third, some of these products contain chamomile flower, which has been proven to relieve stress, so they can be quite helpful when trying to reduce anxiety while dieting. Fourth, people who use these products report an improvement in their mood, so if you’re looking for a way to end your day on a positive note, consider trying one of these products.
Certain foods, drinks, and products can help to reduce the amount of weight you store around your middle. By changing a few dietary habits, cutting back on the drinks you consume, and incorporating some eco-friendly products, you’ll be able to achieve lasting weight loss and maintain your healthy lifestyle. So, when January rolls around, consider what changes you want to make and work your way towards them. You might be pleasantly surprised at how easy losing weight can be when you try hard enough.