Many things happened in 2016 that I think we all want to forget. Famous stars passing, a stressful election, and for some unlucky students, possibly the freshman 15. I know we all want to forget it but those pounds unfortunately carry over.
If you are like me, then you want to make some changes for the better. Here are some diet tips that can have a big impact on your health this next year and get you ready for bathing suit season!
- Cut the soda and energy drinks. I know that early classes suck, especially if you are like me and you don't like coffee. However, replacing these with water will have a huge impact on your diet. Look at it in a numbers kind of way. Each soda bottle you drink is roughly 180 calories and approximately 50 grams of sugar. So if you had two bottles of soda a day that you cut from your diet, you lose 2,520 calories and 700 grams of sugar. It adds up real quick.
- Watch the fruits and the fruit juice! I know what you're thinking. "I thought fruits would be a good substitute for candy bars and soda!" You aren't wrong; replacing some junk food with fruit is a great idea... when it's not done in excess. Fruits are sweet because they contain natural sugars. A couple of servings throughout the day are great, but when you eat too sugar that you don't burn off, it turns to fat.
- Salads don't always equal healthy eating. Sure it sounds great in theory: veggies in a bowl... what could possibly be bad about that? It's got to be healthier to eat a side salad than a thing of fries right? Well not every salad is healthy. Time for more numbers! The average salad from a restaurant contains over 500 calories, most all of which comes from the fatty dressing (honey mustard, ranch, the good stuff). An average order of fries contains roughly 520 calories; they are practically the same. However, using light vinaigrette or limiting the portion of dressing down to the recommended two tablespoons can greatly increase the healthy aspect of that salad. If ya do that, then you are good to go!
- Substitute deserts with better substitutes. For me, a meal isn't complete without something sweet to eat. Unfortunately that cake does not contain some magical healing properties. It probably contains 240 calories and 50 grams of sugar. It's the same concept as the soda; it all adds up over time.
- Portion control! This is the single biggest tip for dieting. Any good food can turn into something unhealthy if it's eaten in excess. Websites like caloriecount.com can give you a great look into what portion sizes you should be eating to have a healthy diet.
These tips are here to promote the healthier you this year! Let's start this New Year off right!