Dietitian offers tips for New Year’s diet resolution
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It seems this time of year is the time where everyone wants to lose weight. Whether it was all the good holiday food or the lack of time for exercise, we all take this time of year to get back on track.
Here are a few tips to help you in your quest to become healthier and follow a diet in the New Year.
1. Eating fat can actually be good for you; that is if it is the good kind of fat. Adding sources of good fat in your diet can actually increase your health. Try adding avocado in place of mayonnaise on your next sandwich or in chicken salad.
2. Eliminate sugary beverages from your diet. A 12-ounce can of soda contains 140 calories. These are empty calories you can easily eliminate. There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat, that’s 25 cans of pop! If you drink two to three cans of pop a day that adds up quick.
3. Sleep is important. Studies have shown people who do not get enough sleep tend to eat more. Try to get eight hours every night.
4. Chocolate is good for you. Having a small amount of dark chocolate daily actually has health benefits ranging from giving you energy to improving your heart health.
5. Watch your salt intake. The biggest culprits here are processed and packaged foods. Aim to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and, if you have to, look for low sodium options of canned foods.
Tamara Harvatt, RD, LD, is a dietitian at Jefferson County Health Center.