1. Keep a food journal.
This will help you stay accountable to maintain healthy eating habits. Learn to measure portions and read nutrition labels. My favorite food tracker app is Fooducate.
2. Be realistic.
What do you need to do to adhere to your new eating plan? If the changes feel too drastic, consider a more realistic plan. Maybe start by replacing one bad habit with a good one. For example, replace your sugary breakfast cereal with a bowl of oatmeal and fruit.
3. Asses your home and work environment.
In order to be successful, it's starts at home. Start by cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator. Throw out foods that are not consistent with your new eating plan. At work, pack a heathy lunch and snacks so you won't be tempted by the donuts a vendor graciously dropped off. Also, keep a heathy snack on hand in the car for the ride home. This way, when you walk in door at home after a long day, you don't start eating everything in sight.
4. Increase your physical activity.
Again, be realistic. Find something you enjoy and that works into your daily routine. But make it a priority, to get at least 150-250 minutes of moderate activity a week as recommended by The American College of Sports Medicine. Strength training is also important to help increase your metabolism so your body will burn more calories during the day. Make an appointment with one of Royal's Personal Trainers to help design a program for you.
5. Garner support.
Social support is a key to success. Reach out to family, friends, and co-workers who are like minded. Get involved in group exercise classes or small group training sessions here at Royal. We also offer Nutrition Coaching to help keep you on track for success.