Give one or two of these simple 30 day diet changes a try.
Admit it, resolutions can be scary things.
They tend to be these huge, life altering promises with no light at the end of the tunnel.
For a change, try to look at trying a few short-term resolutions.
Knowing that eventually you’ll be able to go back to your old ways, you can handle it for a month, right?
Give a few of these a try, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll turn one into a life-long choice.
1. Switch to diet soda for 30 days
If you haven’t looked at the calories in a can of cola, you really need to pay attention.
One 12 oz. can of soda will add from 140-150 calories to your diet. Multiply this by three cans each day, and you’re looking at well over 13,000 calories each month!
As a pound of fat equates to around ~3,500 calories, just kicking the sugary soda habit could knock off 3 to 4 lbs in one month.
2. Remove all junk food from the house for 4 weeks
If you can’t find it, you can’t eat it, right?
Clean out the fridge and all the cupboards of any and all junk food. We’re talking chips, candy, cake, and all of the other nastiness you have stuck away.
If you have to ask the question, “should this be considered junk,” just say yes and toss it.
During the same month, be sure to stock up on extra fruit and veggies that you can grab for a quick snack.
3. Keep a food diary for 1 month
Most people will be shocked once they realize how many actual calories are consumed every day.
Keeping a food diary of every soda, back of chips, and fistful of M&Ms will pinpoint just how much of this is nutrition, and how much is junk.
Bookmark a site like Livestrong.com which will provide you nutrition information on just about everything you can find both at the grocery and at the restaurant.
4. Make all your own meals for 30 days
One of the best ways to make sure you’re eating well is to make it yourself.
Making your meals yourself also provides a number of other benefits. For one, it cuts out fast food, which tends to be one of the main reasons why we need to lose weight to begin with.
Making your own meals also forces you to take the time to plan out your week accordingly, rather than just grabbing anything off the shelf.
For example, you can take some time to grill a few chicken breasts for sandwiches, burritos, and salad toppers.
5. Drink one meal each day for 4 weeks
No, I don’t mean a five Martini lunch…
There are numerous meal replacement drinks available on the market today. Do a little research, and choose one that sounds promising.
Another idea is to invest in a handheld blender like the “Cuisinart SmartStick”, and churn up a fruit smoothie for your healthy meal.
It’s simple, a cup of frozen fruit, a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, and add skim milk to fill the glass. Blend for about 30 seconds, and you have your smoothie.
Hopefully, cutting your resolution down into a manageable chunk will give you the willpower you need to give it a try for 30 days.
You never know, you may just learn to like it.