MANY of us resolved to get healthy and lose a few pounds in the new year, but soon found it hard to stick to a different diet. Even those with the strongest willpower experience difficulties staving off old habits and adopting a whole new approach to food.
However, hope is not lost: there are plenty of simple ways to get your diet back on track. The key is to make small, gradual improvements and set yourself achievable targets. Drastic changes are difficult to maintain over the long term, and can leave you feeling instantly deflated.
Check out our top tips below:
Grow your own produce
You’ll most likely find that throwing away something you’ve put time and effort into growing is far more difficult than wasting produce you bought from the supermarket, so starting your own fruit and vegetable garden can be a great way to help you get your five a day.
Plus, cultivating healthy foods can be much more affordable than going to the grocers, meaning that you can’t justify an empty fruit bowl because of a low bank balance. You’ll have no excuse not to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
In order to get started, you’ll need to set aside a space in your garden, find an allotment or even just start small with a window box. Get quality seeds and plants delivered to your door by ordering online with a retailer like YouGarden, and you can grow your own fruit and veg in no time.
Buy groceries online
We also recommend that you use the web when it comes to buying the rest of your groceries. That way, it can be easier to avoid tempting special offers on junk food and unhealthy snacks. Simply search for the items on your shopping list and don’t be tempted to peruse the virtual aisles!
Everything in moderation
One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to improve their eating habits is eliminating their favourite foods and drinks from their diet. That’s because giving up treats altogether can be extremely demotivating and pretty much impossible to maintain in the long term.
The healthiest way to lose weight is slowly and gradually – not by yo-yo dieting, but by making changes that are sustainable over the long term. That means unhealthy foods are an option, just one that should be consumed in moderation.