Each year, millions of individuals around the world make resolutions to lose weight, but is this really the best resolution? Losing weight is just a symptom of gaining healthier habits, eating a well-balanced diet, and exercising. If you really want to see weight lost this new year, replace the goal of “losing weight” with something more effective.
Your body-mass index, or BMI, is a tool to guide you by using your weight, health, and age as crucial information. Your BMI can let you gain insight on where your weight is on a national scale – are you overweight, underweight, or just right? This is just a small facet of knowing your overall health, but it is a much healthier goal than losing weight. This allows you to make strides towards a truly healthier you.
Diet trends can hurt your health much more than it helps. Therefore, losing weight is not a very good resolution – it can be done in both healthy and unhealthy ways, but each result is vastly different. The body needs a good balance of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to function at its best. If you are lacking any of these components your performance may suffer, and organs may not function properly. Cut down on processed sugars, red meat, junk food, and other unhealthy foods and drinks. Switch to whole grains, vegetables, fruits, yogurts, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
Sleep is essential to how the body and brain function throughout the day. It also helps your immune system fight off diseases along with a number of chronic illnesses. It is recommended that adults get at least 8 hours of sleep but getting 6 to 10 is a more reasonable number. Each person varies, but every night you should aim for at least 6 hours of sleep and increase it if your body seems to need more.
Losing weight should not be your main goal for the new year – getting healthier should be. These resolutions can replace losing weight and have great results on your overall health.