Part 3: Let your New Year’s resolutions last the whole year
Calorie monitoring helps many people lose weight and maintain a healthy weight in the long term.
Recording calories is a good way to track your daily average. To do this, you can use a variety of apps or start a food diary. Ask your doctor about how many calories you should have each day. To lower your calorie intake:
- Start by cutting your portions by half
- Avoid sugar-loaded food like cookies or candies
- Choose healthy snacks such as nuts, string cheese, apples, eggs, etc.
Watch what you drink
Unlike plain coffee, many coffee drinks contain lots of calories—often more than in a typical lunch! Cut back on those sugary additives.
If plain water is too plain for you, add a teaspoon of fruit or citrus juice.
Alcohol is packed with calories and increases appetite. Cutting down on alcohol offers a quick way to lower your calorie intake.
Be patient. Developing good habits takes time, but definitely pays off. In a future related blog, I’ll talk more specifically about exercise.