By now your new year resolution list may have been written, edited, re-written and maybe even framed. But if nutrition is not in your new year fitness resolutions, you might want to redo it.
To begin with, you may feel you eat properly, it is just some physical activity that you are lacking. As a result, you may have very strict fitness resolutions pertaining to workouts, workout frequency and what not. But you know that will go in vain if you don’t monitor your eating habits.
Now even though stringent diet that one follows may vary from person to person. But there are always certain basic habits that can monitor what you eat, and that you eat right.
So here’s a list of nutrition centric new year resolutions that will make your 2019 a lot healthier:
Nutrition based New Year Fitness Resolutions
Drink two litres of water every day
You may know this. But do you really follow this? How often do you forget to drink water when you get busy in a meeting or while you are attending some guests? Well, you are more likely to get in a habit of drinking water regularly if you make a conscious effort at New Year’s. So put this on your list now.
Eat after every 2-3 hours
Very often you skip meals busy in some work or the other and then hog a wholesome at once. This sends the signal to your brain that you may again starve your body later. The brain then commands your body to extract every pinch of calorie in the meal you intake and store it as fat.
On the contrary, if you eat after every 2-3 hours, your brain commands your body to absorb less as another meal would be on its way soon. So, be smart and resolve to eat regularly now.
One bowl of raw fruits/vegetables with every meal
There is a good reason why your mom is after your life to eat their fruits and veggies. Nutrient-dense and low in calories, fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and actually help buffer the body’s acidic response to protein and grains. And it will also reduce your appetite for junk. So, isn’t this a good resolution for 2019?
Take more than 20 minutes to finish your meal
We all are always in a rush to finish our food. But biologically, it takes about 20 minutes for the sensation of fullness to kick in. So when you eat too quickly, you are more likely to overeat by the time your brain can communicate it’s time to stop. Hence, the long-term goal should be taking more than 15-20 minutes to consume each meal.
Eat until you are not hungry, not until you are full
The idea is to stop eating after you are 80% full. This reduces the chances of over-eating. Not only that you also have better overall appetite cues, improved digestion and increased workout performance as well. So, will this be on your resolution list or not?
With that said, don’t restrict yourself too much. It’s fine if you wish to cut yourself some slack once in a while.
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