New Year food resolutions that are easy to follow

When it comes to jotting down some resolutions for the next year, most of us end up taking unrealistic resolutions which are not even practically possible to follow for more than a month. Often exercising and dieting are the most popular resolutions that a major chunk of the population takes. Well, a proper balance needs to be striked between the two if you need to make it a long-time practice. Here are some realistic new year food resolutions that are not only easy to adopt but will also go a long way.

Include more fruits in your diet

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Adding some healthy fruits to your diet is the first thing that you need to promise to yourself. Don’t take a resolution that you’ll directly eat 4-5 different kinds of fruits daily. That is practically not possible, especially for those who don’t like fruits or don’t have a habit of eating them daily. Start by eating one fruit daily. It could be any seasonal fruit which is available easily in your area. With time, increase the fruit consumption to two, three or even four different types of fruits. If the amount seems too much, you can do a portion control and eat different fruits in small quantities. This way you can include fruits in your diet in the easiest way possible.

​Stick to homemade meals

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If ordering food from outside is an everyday thing for you, it is high time you changed this habit for good. Ordering a meal from outside might seem tempting but will definitely affect your health in the long term. The type of oil used, kitchen conditions and even the ingredients used can never match the home cooked food. It is better to stick to homemade food this year, especially because of the COVID-19 scenario.

Don’t give up to your cravings

‘Eat because you are hungry and not because you are bored.’ Make sure you make a mental note of this statement. Most often, people snack on cookies, chips and chocolates only because they are getting bored and not because they are feeling hungry. It is better to ask yourself whether the junk food you are eating is actually doing any good to your body or not. When hungry, switch to healthier snacks, like fruits, trail mix, fox nuts and other such foods.

​Avoid binge-eating at night

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If you have tried intermittent fasting or other such diets, you might be well aware about the sudden hunger pangs that emerge at night. You might have followed the diet well but binge-eating at night defeats the purpose. Eating late at night also contributes to weight gain and disturbs the sleep. It is better to wind up your dinner at least 3-4 hours before you retire to bed in order to keep your body healthy.

Reduce fried and sugary foods intake

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Never take a resolution of cutting fried and sugar from your diet. This might make you eat these foods more than before because of diet relapse. It is always practical to slowly eliminate unnecessary food items from your diet. For example, if you are habitual of eating biscuits and namkeen with your evening tea, try to reduce the intake to just one item. Similarly, if you have a sweet tooth and eating something sweet post-meal is your weakness, try to subside those cravings. Eliminating fried foods and sweets from the diet this way will help you follow the resolution for a long duration as well.

Plan cheat days in advance

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If weight loss is your motive and you are already following a specific diet and workout routine, then it is better to always chart-out your cheat days. Giving a monotonous diet routine a much-needed break is always good for your body. This satiates your cravings and also gives you more motivation to properly follow the diet. Make sure you mark one day a week for 2-3 days a month, as per your choice, which are dedicated cheat days. Have the meal of your choice, relax and get back to your diet the next day. This will help you in sticking to your new year resolutions in the most convenient way possible

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