Every year, many people make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier in some way. Keeping those resolutions, however, often proves more difficult than expected. There are several reasons why this happens. However, most of them relate to the difficulty of changing old habits and building new ones.
It does not mean that it is impossible. If you are one of the many people who want to commit to a healthy lifestyle for you and your family in 2021, there are several things that you can do to guarantee your success.
Make Sure to Eat
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to lose weight and improve your health, is not eating enough. It seems counter intuitive. However, when you start to restrict your food intake, you’re almost guaranteed to overeat. It is because the hormones your body releases when you’re hungry are very strong. They take a while to leave your system.
When you get hungrier, your body pumps more hunger hormones into your system. When you finally sit down to eat, you’re driven to eat much more food than you otherwise would have. To prevent this from happening, it is important to keep small, healthy snacks on hand.
Munching on a few almonds, some fruit, or beef jerky throughout the day will help keep you satiated and can prevent overeating at mealtime.
Keep Breakfast and Lunch Simple
Eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day can be very helpful. It doesn’t need to be exactly the same every day. However, having two to three standard meals makes a real difference.
You tend to eat less, if you’re eating familiar foods all the time. It’s less exciting, so you’re less likely to overindulge. You’ll also find it easier to stick to your routine and avoid eating out. This is because you’ll turn these meals into a habit. You’ll find it easier to keep the ingredients on hand and preparing the meals themselves becomes simpler.
Eat Together, at the Table
It’s always tempting to take your food, sit on the couch and eat while watching TV. They are also many people who eat while they work or at different times, whenever they feel like it. Although it is faster and more convenient, it leads to overeating.
When you sit down together to eat at a table, you’re able to pay much better attention to how much you’re eating. You’ll notice more quickly when you start to get full. You’ll also eat more slowly, which also helps to prevent overeating.
Sitting down to a meal together can make a huge difference in your overall caloric intake. You’ll eat less and you’ll enjoy your food more, both of which will help you and your family stay healthy all year long.
A sedentary lifestyle is very bad for you. However, changing your habits as a family to be healthier can seem like a huge challenge. It’s OK to start small and to adopt simple, sustainable changes. One great habit to adopt is a family walk.
A walk after dinner each night is actually common in many cultures. It is a great way to unwind as a family. It’s also an easy exercise that anyone can do. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it will make in your health, if you aren’t already exercising regularly.
Walks can help manage stress and anxiety. Walking as a family can be a unique bonding activity. It is quality time combined with exercise, which is a win-win.
In addition to walking, find ways to stay active that are fun and easy to incorporate into your routine. Play basketball or tag with your kids, instead of video games, start gardening and cleaning the house more frequently, are all good ways to stay active.
You need enough sleep in order to stay healthy. Set an early bedtime for everyone in your family and stick to it. Don’t stay up late on the weekends. Stick to your regular bedtime. Develop a nightly routine of winding down before bedtime, so it’s easier for the children to go to bed.
Going to bed at the same time each night will make it much easier for you to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep all night. This leads to a significant improvement in your overall sleep. This is especially true for children. Sleep deprivation in children is very serious. It makes them more likely to act out in school, struggle to keep up with assignments and more troublesome in general.
Sleep-deprived children are actually more energetic than those who are getting enough sleep. Therefore, they’re less able to focus. They should go to bed at the same time every night, even on weekends and during the summer. It might be hard at first but you’ll be glad you did it.
Eat Because You’re Hungry
Only eat when you’re hungry. You may think that seems obvious, but it’s not. We often eat because we’re bored, stressed, or some other reason.
Next time you feel the urge to eat, stop for a minute and think about why you want to eat. Are you actually hungry, or is there another reason? Many of us end up overeating due to boredom. By learning to eat only when you’re really hungry, you can help keep your diet on track.