It's January, which means that many of you having dieting on your minds. But before you jump on the next diet craze, I'd like to plead with you to try something different this year...something that I believe actually works for lasting weight loss and health. There is a way to eat healthy, be healthy, and even lose weight without living your life trapped jumping from one diet to the next. It starts by making small eating changes—reasonable changes that you can (and want to) maintain for the rest of your life. When you go on a diet, the mindset is that you will stick to some strict rules until you reach your goal (and proceed to gain the weight back when you stop dieting). But when you make a lifestyle change, you're choosing to live free—and live healthfully for the rest of your life.
I’m not talking about short term fixes but long-term decisions about how you will live your life.
Unlike many diets, lifestyle changes aren't a one-size-fits-all thing. You're a unique person with unique needs and habits. Your lifestyle changes need to be based on you and what works for you—not a cookie-cutter plan that worked for Beyonce (who, by the way, may have a little more help and money at her disposal than the rest of us).
My sister and I were discussing what these changes could be when we were writing a book proposal for real-life women who live real-life lives and we decided to name them "yeah-daptations." (meaning "yeah, I can change that part of my life easily"). So, this month, instead of starting a new crazy diet, why not implement some "yeah-daptations?" We'll be giving you some "yeah-daptation" suggestions each week that we believe will lead to a healthier, happier, non-dieting you in 2012.
Yeah-daptation #1: Choose to save sugary, high-calorie beverages for special occasions and drink mostly water throughout the day. This means saving the mocha-fraps for date night and keeping soda off the dinner table. Sugar drinks are a huge source of extra calories that come with little nutritional benefit. By my calculations, if you switch from one 140 calorie can of soda per day to a glass of water, that little step could mean a weight loss of 10-15 pounds in a year. How easy is that!?
What is the most tempting high-calorie or high-sugar beverage for you? How are you planning on drinking less of it in 2012?