PLYMOUTH, Mich. (WXYZ) If youre starting to waver on your New Years resolution, youre not alone especially when it comes to dieting.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan estimates 80 percent of people whose goal is to lose weight or get fit in 2020 will give up by February!
Dont be part of that statistic. Here's some help.
I met up with Registered Dietitian Grace Derocha from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for her top four diet Dos and Donts.
Number one, dont crash diet.
Its hard to do long-term. And then what do you do after that? Derocha said, adding that 97 percent of people who crash diet or do a fad diet or practice yo-yo dieting eventually gain the weight back.
And then within three years, their weight can even be more!
Because what theyve done is they havent made it a lifestyle choice, she explained.
You have to make eating healthier part of your daily routine and not something temporary.
Her second pointer?
Do avoid foods with added sugar.
Things you dont realize like ketchup or baked beans or things that might seem healthy like a smoothie. There is some added sugar in that, said Derocha.
Her third piece of advice is dont overeat.
One of the most important things when were talking about weight loss goals is portion control. Watch those portions because those calories add up which can then keep the weight on, Derocha explained.
The fourth suggestion she shared is do set SMARTE goals.
Its an acronym. Its to be Specific. Make it Measurable. Keep yourself Accountable. Be Realistic. Have a Time frame. And then make it Enjoyable.
S-Specific M-MeasurableA-AccountableR-RealisticT-Time frameE-Enjoyable
If youre not having fun, then youre not going to want to do it, she smiled.
Bottom line is she really believes you need to be kind to yourself.
Bye, bye, self-loathing, she laughed.
Basically, if youve been focusing on how you look, change your mindset to focus on how you can be healthier. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it.
If youre one of those people who needs a specific diet plan to make part of your lifestyle, Derocha recommends the Mediterranean Diet because it incorporates all food groups and focuses on whole foods.
She likes to tell people to eat the rainbow, meaning focus on whole foods that make up the colors of the rainbow i.e. red peppers, juicy oranges, bananas, broccoli, blueberries. If your plate looks colorful, youre on the right track.
If you have a health and fitness plan thats working for you, please email Alicia Smith at Alicia.firstname.lastname@example.org with Living a Better Life in the subject line.
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