Aiming to be a better, fitter and healthier version of yourself in 2016 is great but how are you going to get there?
You don't have to overhaul your life. Small, realistic changes will make all the difference. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Nobody is perfect. You may decide that you want to detox, cut out all sugars and fats and even gluten but how long will you last?
Your body needs fuel and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying what you eat.
Try cutting out just one or maybe two excesses in your diet without going to the extreme.
Alternatively, try an intermittent fasting approach where you consume fewer calories in the week and more at the weekend. This is much more achievable than going cold turkey on everything in one day.
Small changes can bring your calorie count and your fat intake right down.
Use Greek yoghurt or skimmed milk where you may previously have used butter and fuller fat milk or cream.
Reduce the amount of pasta, potato or rice you are serving yourself and instead add an extra portion of veg to each meal. You’ll soon be craving fewer carbs and more fresh green goodness.
After the festive season it’s likely you’re used to mega sized portions but with the New Year comes a reality check. As one of the key causes of weight gain is portion size, it’s a great place to start when it comes to your New Year diet.
Even the average plate size has got bigger. It’s time to rein it in.
Consider using a side plate for lunches and salad plates for dinner and you’ll soon realise you’re filling up without those super-sized portions.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg has committed to running 365 miles in 2016 - just one mile a day. This is a goal that anyone can aim for.
Alternatively, you can trial local gyms and find out which suits you. It could be you set yourself a goal of attending just one fitness class a week or working out for one hour.
With small, manageable goals you’ll soon find yourself overachieving.
my job is to reduce the size of my bite-sized chunks - I do like my food and portion control is my obvious problem. Plan is to relish my food, rather than inhale it.
I am very inspired by Mark Zuckerberg and agree with his philosophy of having personal targets in bite-sized chunks. I am hoping to run my first marathon this year so have devised a training plan already which builds up slowly towards my target. One key to success is to stay inspired.