New Year, New You: How-To Get Healthy & Maintain Your Resolution
• Stay hydrated. Water helps to rid the body of toxins and chemicals that may be slowing down your overall metabolism. Many times our hunger is really just thirst in disguise since the symptoms of dehydration mimic those of hunger (weak, cranky, tired, etc.). If you have trouble getting your eight glasses of water down a day, try a calorie free flavored water or add fresh lemons and limes to your H20.
• Snack time. Eating a small healthful snack between meals will help keep your blood sugar stable and your metabolism going strong. You’ll also avoid getting ravenous and overeating at your next meal. Choose snacks that are 200 calories or less and combine the winning combination of fiber and protein, for satisfaction and blood sugar control. Some great snack options are an apple with ½ ounce nuts and whole-wheat crackers with low-fat cheese.
• Add weights into your workout. Strength training is usually associated with body builders and competitive athletes. However, it is the best exercise for those trying to lose weight. Strength training creates strong ligaments and tendons which serve to support our joints and decrease the likelihood of injury from other activities. It also increases muscle fiber size, which results in a boost of metabolism. This allows you to eat more without gaining weight as your body will burn calories at a faster rate. Combining strength training with a healthy diet is the best way to achieve optimum health and body weight.
Tanya Zuckerbrot, Health & Fitness Contributing Editor
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