Healthiest Diet for Your New Year’s Resolution
It has to be the most common New Year's Resolution. To lose weight and/or be healthier in the new year. A lot of that may come from the fact that the average person could gain up to about 12 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. There are (usually) so many parties, family and friends gathering, baking, and just plain ol' eating way more than you usually do throughout the rest of the year.
Couple bad eating with the fact that it's winter, and people don't necessarily want to be outside any more than they have to. So, you lose all the time that you would be outside being active in a normal day, and during the winter you generally need to go to the gym.
There are so many diets out there, and all of them say that they are the best one. But, after some research, buy the people who really do know what they are doing and are totally objective (supposedly) the Mediterranean Diet has been named as the best for the second year in a row. Why? This is a basis of the diet:
- Eating primarily plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (such as beans, peas, and lentils), and nuts.
- Using healthy fats like olive oil and canola oil instead of unhealthy fats like butter.
- Using herbs and spices instead of salt.
- Eating fish and poultry instead of red meat.
- Drinking a moderate amount of red wine.
- Eating with family and friends instead of by yourself (because socializing has a positive effect on your health).
- Exercising each day.
Remembering also that any diet is mostly what you eat. That is 80% of it. Exercise, while important, is still only 20% of any diet success story.
Any diet that eliminates any food group is not recommended for the long haul. It's generally not maintainable and isn't healthy for a way of life. People generally need all food groups in moderate/controlled amounts.
Here's to a healthy 2021!
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