Around this time of year, there are so many fad diets that don’t support a sustainable lifestyle change. Instead of providing realistic diet techniques and manageable exercise schedules, these passing fads leave people on diet overload. As a result, people go back to their original habits and end up gaining the weight back faster than they lost it. This year, My Diabetes Home has provided you with a list of seven 2017 top trends for healthy lifestyle changes. These trends aren’t fleeting, instead are here to stay, and can help you make a long-term change.
Do you still believe that protein must come from an animal product? Newsflash, it doesn’t! There are many plant-based proteins that can be used in your everyday food like smoothies, bars, and many main courses. Popular plant-based proteins include peas and hemp. You can also purchase plant protein powder for easier, more accessible use.
No. 2 The Future of Fitness
Gone are the days of wasting your gym membership because the equipment, machines and hardcore bodybuilders are too intimidating. Companies like Power Life Yoga, SoulCycle, and PureBarre are breaking the fitness mold and providing exciting strength and weight loss classes throughout the day to meet the needs of your busy schedule. Classes range from beginner to advance and lack the intimidation that many feel at most gyms.
No. 3 Limit Your Liquor
This may be easier said than done for some people, but cutting down on alcohol consumption is a realistic way live a healthy lifestyle. We aren’t saying cut alcohol completely, just try decreasing the amount of drinks you typically have in a week. Instead of getting a drink with dinner, grab a water instead. Not only do you cut the calories of alcohol, you cut the high sugar sodas that come in many drinks as well.
No. 4 Be Mindful
With the hustle and bustle of your hectic life, find a couple of minutes here and there to focus on your mental wellbeing. Whether that is staying up a little later to meditate or leaving work a few minutes early to give yourself a cooldown before tackling your home life, it’s time to focus on yourself for a change.
That’s right, we said it! Eat more fats, healthy fats that is. The word fat has many negative connotations, but our body needs fat for energy, and many healthy fats can help lower your risk for heart disease. Some healthy fats to start mixing into your meals include avocados, cheese, chia seeds, nuts or hummus.
No. 6 Find a Doctor You Like
You may wonder why doctor likability is important if they are good at their job. Well, research has shown that if a patient likes their doctor, they are more likely to tell their doctor important information and are more likely to listen to their doctor’s suggestions.
No. 7 Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
This is a healthy lifestyle trend that we can all agree with. Everyone should be logging a full eight hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep causes you to have less energy, making you less productive and alert throughout the day. If you lack productivity throughout the day, you may find yourself playing catch-up at night, once again causing a lack of sleep. It’s a vicious cycle, so do yourself a favor and hit snooze on your alarm a few more times.
My Diabetes Home hopes you found these specific lifestyle trends helpful, and you start to incorporate them into your everyday life. For more information on healthy habits, check out our Five Ways To Boost Your Exercise Motivation blog post.