New Year’s Eve traditionally is celebrated with cheers, kisses, champagne and – oh yes, resolutions to achieve goals such as shedding pounds. One way to achieve that desire to lose weight: Make attainable, measurable goals. Here are some suggestions, and we look forward to getting your feedback.
Rule 1: Eat breakfast.
Mom was right. Kick-start your day after your night “fast” by breaking it with a healthy breakfast. Include protein and complex carbohydrates. For example, enjoy a hearty bowl of oatmeal such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats. For protein, top it with soy milk such as Westsoy Organic Unsweetened Soy Milk with 9 grams of protein per serving. Add fresh fruit such as a pear or apple and you’re good to go!
Rule 2: Pre-plan healthy snacks throughout the day.
When hunger strikes between meals, be prepared. Use the weekend to create mini snack bags to take to work or on the go or have at home so that you avoid the temptation of a vending machine or fast food stop. You’ll save money and achieve your weight loss goals with:
Measure out single servings of almonds, such as Vitacost Roasted No-Salt Almonds, into small bags.
Cut up raw vegetables and have dip available that’s low in calories and big in taste, such as Walden Farms Calorie Free Veggie Dip.
Slice bananas in chunks, dip in sugar-free chocolate syrup and freeze for when your sweet tooth calls, such as Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup.
Rule 3: Keep protein powder available for quick lunches.
At home or at work, making a proper lunch just isn’t always on the agenda. With protein powder on hand, you can whip up a shake in just a minute. Fill up on the protein power and choose one that’s sweet to satisfy your cravings. Chocolate lovers will enjoy Vitacost ARO Whey Protein Complex PLUS in Natural Chocolate flavor. Prefer vanilla? Try Vitacost Vanilla Protein Powder. And if you’re a vegan, go for Lifetime Life’s Basics® Plant Protein Mix in Natural Vanilla flavor.
Rule 4: Include protein with dinner.
Eating protein at dinner can help you avoid that desire to sit on the couch and snack all evening. It doesn’t have to be a large serving of steak or tofu, but include protein, whether it’s beans for vegans or chicken for omnivores, to stay satisfied throughout the evening. With it, enjoy a large serving of healthy veggies and a modest serving of complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice or pasta, such as Tinkyada Gluten-Free Brown Rice Pasta Spaghetti Style.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.