23 Health Resolutions That Only Require One Small Change
1. Drink more water:
If you’re not hydrated enough, your body’s ability to function is reduced and you become tired and fatigued much more quickly than if you were actively rehydrating yourself throughout the day. The average American only gets about six and a half cups of water per day – which isn’t nearly enough. Ideally, we should be getting at least four times – or 32oz – that amount each day to keep our bodies functioning properly.
2. Eat smaller portions:
How many times have we all gone out to eat with friends or family only to finish our meal feeling uncomfortably stuffed? A lot! Our stomachs are designed to process small amounts of food frequently throughout the day, not big piles of food at once. By eating smaller portions, you will digest the food more quickly and your body will have time to burn off the calories before they can be stored as fat.
3. Drink when you’re thirsty:
Most of us only drink water in order to help our bodies function properly in a number of different ways – regulating the fluids in our system, carrying oxygen in our blood to keep us going, etc. We don’t usually stop to think about how much we should actually be drinking at any given moment, but instead just chug whatever is available whenever we feel thirsty.
If you make a mental note every time you become thirsty throughout the day or if it’s convenient, you’ll soon realize that your daily intake of water might be a little low. A good rule of thumb is to drink when you’re thirsty and up it to half your body weight if you work out regularly or drink caffeinated beverages throughout the day.
4. Drink tea:
Tea is one of the healthiest drinks we can consume on a daily basis, but not everyone understands why that is. The Chinese have been drinking tea for thousands of years and during that time, they’ve noticed an improvement in both their physical and mental well-being after including the drink into their daily routine.
Just like water, tea helps us process our food more efficiently while providing us with antioxidants that will help fight off serious diseases long term.
5. Add lemon to your:
Citrus fruits are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that will help to fight off disease before it really starts. You don’t need to go out and buy a container of lemons each week unless you’re going to eat them all at once – just sprinkle some lemon juice on your food throughout the day!
6. Switch to green tea:
Green teas are known for their high level of antioxidants which makes them an excellent drink option for people who are concerned about protecting their body from damage or illness.
If you have trouble drinking plain water throughout the day, use green tea as an alternative instead because its sweetness might make it easier for you to stomach without sweeteners.
7. Try peppermint tea:
Peppermint is not only used in candy canes every Christmas, it’s also an excellent source of calcium, iron, and potassium that can help you feel refreshed even if you’re feeling tired or fatigued. Instead of drinking peppermint tea when you’re sick with a cold, try sipping on it throughout the day to prevent symptoms like coughing or sneezing that might otherwise be irritating.
8. Drink less alcohol:
Not only does cutting down on your alcohol intake have several long-term benefits for your body – such as helping to lower your risk of developing certain types of cancer – but it will also have a positive effect on how much food you eat overall.
Many people tend to overindulge in food after having a few drinks because the buzz they get from consuming more alcohol makes them less aware of the amount they’ve already had to drink.
9. Eat more beans:
Beans are loaded with protein, fiber, and several different vitamins that will help you feel full for longer than you would eating any other type of food. The bonus? Most types of beans also only contain about 100 calories per one-half cup serving so even if you ate a few handfuls straight out of the can throughout the day, you still wouldn’t be consuming too many calories; unlike potato chips or candy bars which some people eat by the handful straight from the bag!
10. Use smaller plates:
It’s never occurred to some people to use smaller dishes when trying to lose weight because they think that it’ll make their portions look smaller, but that’s really not the case. Smaller plates and dishes make it easier for people to see how much food they’re actually consuming and if their portions are too large, they’ll likely opt for a doggy bag instead of finishing it all at once!
11. Keep healthy snacks around:
When you buy groceries, don’t just think about what you’ll be eating for dinner that night or even at lunch the next day – most people tend to leave enough room in their stomachs to hold a small snack throughout the day as well.
Healthy snacks like nuts, fruits, vegetables (fresh or dried), and yogurt can help reduce hunger pains between meals and keeps your daily calorie intake low forcing you to cut anything out from your diet that might be causing you to gain weight.
12. Don’t keep junk food in your house:
This is a tough one for a lot of people because they tend to crave junk food more often than an apple or banana, but if you remove all sources of temptation from your home – including cookies, cake, candy bars, and other desserts – then you’ll be much less likely to binge on unhealthy foods when the cravings kick in. If you want to lose weight quickly and effectively with little effort on your part, this simple tip can make everything easier!
13. Eat a big breakfast:
If you’re one of the few people in the world who don’t feel hungry in the morning, try eating a heavier breakfast with plenty of protein and healthy carbs so that your body has enough fuel to last throughout the day without getting hungry or tired. The most important meal of the day? It might not be dinner after all!
14. Take a walk before dinner:
A brisk walk before sitting down to eat can actually help you lose weight because it gets your blood flowing and your digestive system working properly; both essential for helping you burn more calories and fat throughout the day while feeling less fatigued and worn out at night.
15. Use smaller utensils:
This is especially helpful if you have a smaller bowl or plate – just serve your food with a small spoon and fork to help you eat less without feeling hungry too quickly.
16. Eat your biggest meal earlier in the day:
This might seem counterproductive at first, but most people tend to overeat throughout the evening when they’re watching television or browsing through social media sites on their phones; two things that make them feel more hungry afterward from extended exposure.
If instead of piling high during dinner, you ate a lighter lunch and saved your heaviest meal for breakfast, then you’d feel satisfied much quicker and be able to reduce how much you consume overall while not making yourself feel tired and sluggish during the day!
17. Bring your own food everywhere:
Don’t rely on restaurants to provide your food or have them custom prepared because it’ll likely be much higher in calories and fat than if you made it yourself from healthier ingredients!
18. Don’t eat fully cooked meat:
Most meats need to be cooked at least medium-well in order to kill off harmful bacteria, but when you eat undercooked meats, there’s a chance that they can give you food poisoning; not something anyone wants to deal with when they’re trying to lose weight fast!
19. Opt for leaner cuts of meat:
When cooking your own meals, opt for beef (round and sirloin), turkey (breast and ground), pork loin chops, and chicken (breasts) instead of steak or ribs because they’re much leaner and reduce your cholesterol intake without leaving you feeling hungry.
20. Use only one hand:
When eating your meals, try using just one hand so that you can’t take as big of a portion for yourself at once; this will force you to eat slower which makes it easier for your stomach to tell when it’s full instead of overstuffing itself with food!
21. Sit down when eating:
It might seem counterintuitive because sitting down can make you feel sleepy after a meal, but it actually helps you lose weight faster by making sure that you don’t eat more than necessary. Plus, not standing or walking around while eating means that the extra calories won’t be burned off as quickly during digestion!
22. Stay hydrated:
Drinking more water is essential for weight loss because it keeps your metabolism active, fills you up so that you’re not hungry nearly as often, and helps your body flush away harmful toxins that can slow down your process of burning off fat.
23. Eat with others:
Not only does eating with other people help reduce overeating because there’s someone else looking at the portion sizes with you, but it also makes food taste much better which can lead to having second servings instead of taking more than what you really need! If possible, invite another person who eats healthier than yourself over for meals so that they can show you how delicious eating healthy can really be!