Get in to Shape in the New Year

Getting into shape, for many, is a daunting task.  Living in a world of fast food chains, coffee stores and bakeries at every corner, doesn’t make it any easier. Here are some helpful tips to guide you in the right direction of getting healthy!

Portion Control

Portion size plays a huge part in weight loss equations. It takes out body 15-20 minutes to tell our brain that we are full.  When you eat a large plate of food you have already busted your caloric intake.  Try cutting down the amount of food you eat.  One way is to use a smaller plate is a trick yourself to make the portion size look bigger. You can still enjoy small indulgences, but when you want chocolate, eat 2 pieces, not the entire bar.

Eat More Protein and Fiber

Food high in fiber and protein keeps you fuller for longer, so you don’t get the late-night munchies. High fiber foods include beans, green vegetables, and oatmeal. Some food high in proteins are eggs, almonds and chicken breast.

Snack Through the Day

Much like using a smaller plate for potion control, snacking on healthy foods like nuts, fruit, and veggies throughout the day to keeps your energy level up.  When you starve yourself, or eat one large meal, you tend to overeat. Carrots and celery or Greek yogurt are go-to snacks when you get hungry.

Don’t be a Couch Potato

A new year’s resolution to go to the gym ends in utter failure for most people, because most people don’t like to sit on a stationary bike for 20 minutes.  Instead, find a sport or activity you enjoy doing. Whether it be hiking, tennis, dancing, find something you can stick to.

Physical therapists are promoters of health and wellness, and we play a large role in encouraging people of the importance physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.  By incorporating some of these tips into your daily life, you can make healthier choices and live a life full of health and wellness!  Do you need help?  CLICK HERE for a FREE Discovery Visit to learn how we can return you to life!

Andrew Vertson