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Published on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Metro Health Provides Tips to Maintain Your New Year’s Resolution

Contact: Carol Schliesinger

Public Relations Manager

210-207-8172

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 30, 2018) –  As January comes to a close, many individuals will have wavered in their New Year’s resolutions, but if you are faithfully sticking to your resolution centered on eating healthy and exercising, we have some ¡Viva Health! tips for you. 

Although some diet approaches can be effective, don’t fall prey to crash diets and other quick fixes that promise unrealistic outcomes and are not sustainable.   The ¡Viva Health! core messages are three clear, simple, and easy-to-use steps to guide your healthy eating resolutions, helping you achieve long-term success:

  • Get colorful: fill half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables.  Divide the other half between healthy proteins and whole grains.
  • Rethink your drink: Skip the sugar-sweetened beverages and opt for a tall glass of cold water!
  • Portion control made easy: use a smaller plate. 

Here are some common resolution pitfalls, along with tips to tackle them:

  • Fad Diets: steer clear of any diet plans or products that promise rapid weight loss.  Healthy weight loss is no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.  Losing weight more quickly can result in muscle, bone, and water loss. 
  • Restrictive Diets: Don’t live in a mindset of what you “can” and “can’t” eat.  Instead, enjoy your favorite indulgences in smaller portions and less often.  Avoid diets that allow unlimited amounts of any food type or severely restricts entire food groups, as your body will miss out on important nutrients. 
  • Don’t drink your calories.  Calories and added sugars hide in energy drinks, frappe mochas, sodas, milkshakes, and cocktails.  Instead, hydrate with a tall glass of cold water with lemon.
  • Skipping Meals:  When you become famished, you are much more likely to overeat.  Enjoy small healthy snacks throughout the day.  Try snacks high in protein and fiber, such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, or fresh vegetables with hummus.
  • Cook at home: even if you avoid fast food restaurants, you will likely still consume more calories (about 200 more, on average) than you would by preparing your food at home.
  • Skipping the exercise: physical activity is essential for good health and weight management.  Find an activity you enjoy and aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days of the week.
  • Obsessing over the scale:  while important, weight does not tell the whole health story.  Remember that healthy eating and active living not only help you lose weight, but will help you avoid many chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
  • Obsessing over any specific nutrient:  fixating your mind on calories, carbohydrates, fats, or any one specific nutrient can be stressful and unpleasant, which is not sustainable.  Instead, focus on filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables, using a smaller plate for portion control, and drinking water.

For more information and tips from ¡Viva Health! visit www.sanantonio.gov/vivahealth

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