Struggling to stay on track?
A University of Scranton research study suggests only 8 percent of people follow through with their New Year’s resolutions.
If you find yourself one of the 92 percent who do not fulfill them, there’s still time to kick bad habits and jumpstart your goals beginning with your very next meal.
Maintaining your nutrition goals throughout the year doesn’t have to be hard. Here are eight simple dieting tips that will put you back on track for a healthy and well-balanced diet:
- Prep and Plan: Plan meals to ensure you’ll reach your three-meal-a-day mark while including choices from each food group—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and protein
- Gain Your Grains: Work whole grains into your diet to provide more benefits such as fiber than refined grains—look for “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” on packaging
- Slash the Sugar: Replace sugary drinks with water, fat-free or low-fat milk, tea, or 100% fruit juice to quench your thirst and receive essential nutrients
- Pile on Protein/Pick the Protein: Incorporate protein such as lean beef, pork, chicken and turkey, or eggs, nuts, beans, and tofu
- Get Your Greens: Add veggies and fruits to your daily diet to promote good health
- Mind the Menu: Choose steamed vegetables or other steamed choices to eliminate added fat and calories from fried or heavily sauced choices
- Hang at Home: Limit eating out and dine at home to keep tabs on what you’re eating—pick foods that are low in calories, saturated fat, and sodium if you do eat out
- Ditch Your Desserts: Eat a fresh fruit salad, fruit parfait with yogurt, or baked apples topped with cinnamon to subdue your sweet tooth instead of the traditional sugar-heavy choices
You can also use the MyPlate Daily Checklist to see if you’re meeting your dietary needs throughout the day!