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Sticking with Your Dietary Resolutions in the New Year

Sticking with Your Dietary Resolutions in the New Year
0 3 February 2016

Dietary New Year

Every year people make New Year’s Resolutions. Most of the resolutions have to do with weight loss and the pursuit of becoming healthier. While you may think that this year you are going to finally reach your goal, if you don’t change your mindset you will fail. So many people start the year with good intentions, but wave a piece of chocolate cake in their face, and they will gladly fall off the wagon. So how do you ensure that you can stick with your weight loss plan and improve your health? With only 8 percent of weight resolutions actually followed through; the odds aren’t that good.

Set Goals For Yourself

Do you remember the old chore charts that your parents used as a child? Your parents would set behavioral goals for the day or week. When you accomplished those goals, you got a sticker. After so many stickers, you got a prize. The same concept can be used with nutrition. Set goals for yourself and reward yourself each time you conquer a goal. Remember not to set the platform too high. Start small and think small. If you need to lose 50 pounds, don’t look at all that weight at once. Take it in small 5-10 pound increments. Don’t reward yourself with food. Teach yourself that food is not a reward. Instead, buy a new shirt in a smaller size or a piece of jewelry. Learn that food is for nourishment and not for reward.

Change Your Mindset

Many people use food for comfort. If they are sad they look for ice cream. When they are happy they go out to eat and celebrate. Please stop looking at food that way! Food should not be used for comfort; rather it is used to nourish and fuel the body. Make sure that everything you put in your mouth is for the health and nourishment of your body. If you have underlying issues that make you want to binge eat, see a counselor and get. Perhaps you have brokenness from your childhood or were taught to eat a certain way. Changing your mindset will do wonders in helping you change how you view and eat food.

Low Glycemic Diet

It is extremely important to choose the correct foods to keep you healthy. Avoiding excess calories is only one part of healthy eating – the other important piece is to properly balance your macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrate). It is a common practice in our culture to eat too many high glycemic carbohydrates – this causes the pancreas to release extra insulin, which causes the body to store fat. Make sure that you are eating enough protein and vegetables, but be very careful with higher glycemic foods like grains, fruits, and sweets.

You’ve no doubt started to rein in your eating habits, and you may have already run into trouble with the journey. Instead of telling yourself you want to lose weight, strive for being healthy. If your body is healthy, the weight will come off. Focus on healthy nutrition and the rest will come into line.

Posted in Dr. McCallen's Blog, Health & Nutrition by Cenegenics Denver