The future is now! It’s time to stop kicking yourself for not getting started yesterday and make a plan for how you’re going to achieve your health goals in 2022. Achieving health goals can be difficult. But if you’re willing to make small changes, you can easily improve your diet in eight key areas in the next year. To help you get started, here are 6 goals that dietitians say are easy to meet.
1. Eat breakfast every day.
Eating breakfast has been shown to improve focus and concentration, which is why so many athletes eat this meal before a competition. Plus, if you skip breakfast or grab something fast like a muffin or donuts, it’s more likely you’ll end up eating more calories throughout the day.
2. Watch or limit added sugar.
Sugar can be found everywhere in our food supply, from ketchup to yogurt. Dietitians recommend watching your sugar intake for several reasons: It can cause weight gain because of its high-calorie content; it can lead to tooth decay, and it may increase your risk of diabetes by boosting blood sugar levels. A good place to start is by reading nutrition labels and looking at the number of grams of sugar per serving.
3. Exercise regularly. Regular physical activity is essential to good health because it helps control weight, strengthens bones, improves overall fitness levels and reduces stress and depression, experts say.
4. Drink more water. It’s easy to get dehydrated — especially if you exercise often or live in a hot climate. Make sure to drink six to eight glasses of water every day, and when you’re feeling hungry instead of thirsty, grab a glass of H2O first before reaching for food.
5. Add mindfulness to your eating habits. Practicing mindful eating can help you feel more satisfied after eating by focusing your attention on the physical sensation of food rather than thinking about other things while you’re eating.