DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – According to clinical dietitian Maria Parker, a good way to set a New Year’s Resolution would be to set goals that are SMART. Parker says, “SMART” is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. An example of a “SMART” Goal would be trying to incorporate an extra cup of fruit three days out the week.
Parker added, “My #1 tip for making a healthy lifestyle change would be to set simple and realistic goals. I believe that setting one goal and working towards that goal can be easily achievable compared to setting several goals all at once. A simple and realistic goal would be to try to go for a 20 minute walk with your friends or family 3 days out of the week.”
The best diet people should follow to lose weight would be to avoid ‘fad diets’ such as soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets,” stated Parker. Parker added, “Calcium is a mineral that is important to incorporate in our diets to help prevent osteoporosis. Some food sources rich in calcium includes dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt, milk, as well as nuts. I would encourage people to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as less processed food items, such as chips, cookies, and fried food items, which is a great way to lose weight. Eating healthier food items promotes satiety and prevents over consumption of unhealthy food items. “
Some good New Year’s Resolutions that can help improve peoples’ health includes continuing to set goals that are mindful and realistic, such as going for a walk or jog with friends after a stressful day. People can also incorporate yoga once a week for an hour, which helps with focusing and concentration, as well as reduces stress and anxiety. Another good New Year’s resolution people can make to improve their health includes reducing soda consumption from every day of the week to four days out of the week.