Now we’ve been in the New Year for a while, you might be tired of your January diet and restricting yourself from everything you love… It could be time to make some lifestyle changes!

Diet is a long-term commitment and I firmly believe that if you want changes to stay in place, they have to be maintainable. It’s all well and good saying ‘New Year, New Me’, but if your changes aren’t realistic, you’re much more likely to crash and burn and give up.

There are so many things you can do to your diet to chop out excess calories without sacrificing your favourite foods!

ignore low fat

Low fat foods aren’t really all they’re cracked up to be. Most of the good part has been taken out, so other elements, such as salt and sugar, are often added to compensate for the lack of taste. Whether it be milk, butter, yoghurt… Always go for full fat versions, but be mindful of serving sizes.

swapping things 

Try having brown bread instead of white, or a sandwich thin instead of bread. Have an apple at lunch instead of a chocolate bar. Use ketchup instead of mayo. You can save calories very easily by carefully choosing!

checking menus ahead of time

If you know you’re going out to eat, view the menu before you go. Plan what you’re going to have and then work the rest of your day around it. There are always healthier choices when you eat out; you just have to be willing to choose them.

A lot of restaurants also have the nutritional information online now, so pay attention to that. If I know I’m going out for food, I’ll save most of my calories for that and make my other meals smaller.

one unhealthy meal won’t make you fat

Just like one healthy meal won’t make you lean. Consistency is key, and as long as your diet is 90% whole, nutritious foods, you can definitely have a treat here and there!

there are no such things as good and bad foods

There are such things as good and bad diets and good and bad choices. Ultimately, it’s your choice what you put in your body. Also, be wary of portion sizes. People often think they eat well, and they might, but it’s the amount you eat as well as what!

drink plenty of water

Hunger can often be confused for thirst. Most people don’t drink enough water, but it’s essential for healthy bodily function. Try keeping a bottle with you all day. It definitely helps me remember to drink, and you can also keep track of how much you’ve had.

So there we have it: A few simple tips to keep yourselves on track for the rest of the year. Good luck, and remember to enjoy yourselves!