Revolutionise your New Year resolutions

Was one of your New Year resolutions to change the way you eat and lose weight? If you are starting to feel your resolve crumble don’t worry, there are some simple things you can do to stay on track.

In the U.S. The National Weight Control Registry has been looking at the habits of people who manage to diet successfully and keep that weight off over a period of 10 years. There is a lot we can learn from these successful dieters, but for me the main thing is - this is not rocket science. Yes, it takes determination and consistent healthy behaviours but as you will see, none of these are extreme in any way.

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Here are the 9 things that successful dieters do:

  • Track their food intake. You can do this using our safefood diary and there are lots of apps out there to help you do this too.
  • Count calories or grams of fat. If you are doing this remember that all safefood’s recipes have information on calories and fat. It might also be useful to get in the habit of reading food labels.  
  • Follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Here you will find tips on making your meals healthier.
  • Eat breakfast regularly. This tends to help people avoid making bad food choices later in the morning. You’ll find lots of recipe ideas on our website.
  • Limit how often they eat out. They don’t eat out more than three times a week and eat fast food less than once a week. Studies here have found that foods eaten outside the home tend to be higher in calories and fat. Portions sizes also tend to be large. We have lots of tips on eating out to help you make better choices.
  • Eat similar foods regularly and stick with moderation for holidays and special occasions.
  • Walk about an hour a day or participate in other activities.
  • Watch less than 10 hours of TV a week.
  • Weigh themselves at least once a week. You can track your weight loss using our weight tracker.

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We have great admiration for all those to are making healthy changes. Don’t forget that we are here to answer any questions you might have and to support you through our Facebook and Twitter accounts and with our online resource, Weigh2live.

Posted: 17/01/2014 11:45:33 by Aileen McGloin
Filed under: Diet, New Years resolutions, Recipes

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Aileen McGloin
Hi, my name is Aileen McGloin and I am the Director of Marketing and Communications, at safefood. I trained as a public health nutritionist originally and am passionate about changing food-related behaviour. I have a particular interest in using digital technology to promote health. At home, I love books, am in a book club and married to a crime writer. I’m a fiend for all things fashion and like walking, swimming and TV that is so bad it’s good. I live in Co. Wicklow with my husband and 10 year old daughter.