Eating Healthy is a Bad New Year's Resolution Say Health Experts
According to boomer generation health experts Dian and Tom Griesel, eating healthy is a bad New Year’s Resolution. They base their claim on the fact that the majority of New Year’s Resolutions made are broken - especially those that have to do with eating healthier and working out at a health club.
Rather than treating eating healthy as a New Year’s Resolution, they advise people instead to focus on incorporating healthy habits into their lifestyles, regardless of what month of the year it is. As an aid toward eating healthy, losing weight and becoming more physically fit, the Griesels offer seven simple steps for dieters as part of their TurboCharged® 8-Step program that defies common weight-loss theories.
1. Set a goal for fat loss and improved body composition, not a reduction in scale weight. Most dieting efforts, which focus on a drop in scale weight, result in the loss of lean body mass (LBM) along with fat. This loss of LBM can be significant and will reduce your base metabolic rate (BMR). Find a way to measure and track changes in your body composition at turbocharged.us.com.
2. Drink more water. Most people are chronically dehydrated, particularly first thing in the morning. We often mistake thirst as hunger, and eat when we should be drinking. Always drink a large glass of water as soon as you wake up, and whenever you feel hungry, before you eat anything. You may find you really weren’t hungry after all.
3. Focus on being more active. Sitting for long periods of time is hazardous to your health and cannot be counteracted by daily trips to the gym. Never sit for more than an hour at a time, and always look for ways to increase your daily activity. Walking is great, but everything counts. Just be up on your feet and moving as much and as often as possible. Get out and go to the park, zoo or museums. Find an outdoor activity that you enjoy.
4. Build and strengthen your muscles. It is your muscles that drive your metabolism 24/7/365. Increasing your muscle mass will increase your BMR. You do not need to join a gym or buy a set of weights. Simple body-weight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups and squats done 3 to 5 times per day for as little as one minute will do the trick, especially if you have been inactive and sitting around too much. Do what you can now and build from there. Consistency is the key.
5. Start improving your diet. Replacing the refined, processed, packaged and fast foods in your current diet with fresh natural foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish and meat will dramatically increase your health and improve your body composition without dieting or counting calories. Have fruit for breakfast, start packing your lunch, eat out less and concentrate on making simple meals at home with fresh natural foods. Drink more water instead of soda or sports drinks. Avoid all artificial “fake” foods and stay as close as possible to foods delivered by Mother Nature.
6. Get a good night’s sleep. We need deep, quality sleep for peak energy levels and to be optimally healthy. Set regular sleep hours and keep them whenever possible. It is during sleep that we “recharge our batteries.” Avoid caffeine, alcohol or stimulating TV or activities before your scheduled sleep time. Keep your room dark, cool and quiet.
7. Practice regular stress reduction techniques. In today’s world, we experience chronic stress that was unknown to our ancestors. Modern stressors are continually activating our “fight or flight” survival mechanism. And this is very detrimental to our health. Meditation can be very helpful. However, consistently practicing short relaxation exercises during your day is often even better, because they provide regular feedback and can help you to recognize and break stress patterns. These mini-relaxation sessions will reset your nervous system and do wonders for your health and feelings of well-being.
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