Studies show that 7 out of 10 Americans are inactive in their leisure time. It's never easy to motivate in cold weather, but the days are getting longer, making it much easier to fit in fitness. FoodFit suggests waking up a little earlier and heading to a yoga class or meeting a friend for a walk.
2. Bone Up and Slim Down
Most people know they should be getting enough calcium for strong teeth and bones, but did you know that new research shows this mineral could also help you lose weight? Dairy sources seem to have the greatest effect on weight loss, so make sure to eat three daily servings of low fat dairy products, like yogurt, skim milk, and cheese.
3. Head to the Market
Farmer's markets around the country are opening for business. FoodFit suggests loading up your basket with healthy, farm-fresh, spring ingredients like asparagus, snap peas, rhubarb, and strawberries. Asparagus is rich in folic acid, which is vital for the development of a healthy fetus and has also been shown to be important for heart health.
4. Keep Portions in Check
Portions in restaurants and even at home have grown in the last decade, contributing to our expanding waistlines. Keep standard serving sizes in mind when eating at home and dining out. FoodFit's registered dietitians suggest asking for a doggie bag or splitting an entrée with a friend. Some serving sizes to keep in mind are:
A serving of cooked meat, poultry or fish is 3 ounces--about the size of a deck of cards.
A ½ cup of cooked pasta or rice is a serving. It’s about the size of half a baseball.
A serving of cheese is 1 ½ ounces. An ounce of cheese looks like 4 dice.
5. Get to a Healthy Weight
Like many Americans, you're probably facing the battle of the bulge. Losing weight is challenging, but FoodFit's Health Team suggests making small changes that will add up to big results. Cutting saturated and trans fat and refined carbohydrates from your diet are healthy changes that'll help you lose weight.