Now that 2013 has come and gone, it’s time to start thinking about 2014. Everyone has their New Year’s resolutions but there always seems to be a common denominator on everyone’s list, a new diet for the new year. Everyone wants to lose weight, get in shape and be healthy, but what’s the best way to do it?
TownSquareBuzz.com got a chance to talk to local nutritionist and dietician Lauri Armstrong from Armstrong Body Systems to get some professional tips. Her advice follows:
- Cut back on carbohydrates, grains and starchy carbs
- Beans are okay, but cut back on wheat, bread, rice, corn, etc
- Up your intake of vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats
- Don’t drink chemicals for sweeteners
- Look for labels that contain as few ingredients as possible
- You should be able to pronounce every ingredient on the label
- Stay away from artificial sweeteners
“All that matters is that you up fruits and veggies and cut way back on grains,” Armstrong said. “Keep nuts seeds, olives, avocados and cut everything else. No corn, flour and sugar. Its not beneficial to your body. It applies to everyone, no matter what type of health they are in. you’ll always be healthy if you cut out starchy grains and stick with lean meats.”
With some of the basics covered, what about those who work full time and don’t have time to cook healthy at-home meals?
- When you eat out order fruits and vegetables instead of fries
- Use the oil and vinegar on the table instead of dressing
- Ask for avocados, limes or lemons to spice up your meal
“Drink a lot of water and exercise. If there was a magic pill for overall health and youth, it would be exercise,” Armstrong said.”Every hour, make yourself go up and down the stairs at work or if you can do jumping jacks. You want to keep the muscle, so don’t just do cardio.”
With these tips for everyone to follow we hope you achieve your goal and live our your new years resolutions, and may the odds be ever in your favor.