At the beginning of each year many of us passionately make resolution that would help us leave behind bad-habits and embrace healthy habits in order to become better person in life or achieve something, we always wanted to.

Overall health and wellness is one such area where each year scores of people make resolution.

Regardless of whether you have made such resolution at the beginning of the year or not, it’s a perfect time of the year to evaluate where you stand in terms of your health and overall wellness.

Here are few lifestyle habits that require little adjustment and planning that will ensure you all round wellness:

Practice slow eating

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, in 2011, researchers from New Zealand found that speed of eating is directly linked to the body mass index. In a study comprising 2,500 women, they found that with each step up in the speed (in the scale of 1-to-5, from very slow to very fast), BMI increased by 2.8%. Slow eating gives you a chance to enjoy food and your mind a chance to process that your body is full.

Cook your meal

You will always consume fewer calories if you throw something together for yourself than dining out. That’s because you control the ingredients and the portion size. Stock your pantry and freezer ahead of time with staples such as vegetables, beans, soups, frozen vegetable pizza, brown rice, a can of black beans etc. This will ensure you always have something to put to gather as dinner for yourself.

Plan ahead

When you know what you are going to eat, you will be most unlikely to eat out. Plan what you are going to eat at the beginning of every week so that you don’t find yourself scrambling your head when you are hungry.

Skip sweet fizzy drink

A study at Tufts University in Boston comprising 947 adults, found that people who drank most sugary beverages where at higher risk of obesity and lower intake of fiber. Packaged orange juice and Coke have more calories than the alcohol.

Make fiber your friend

There are several studies that show that fiber is directly related to weight loss and weight maintenance. Fiber passes through your system undigested and so your body has to work harder and longer to move it out. This revs up your metabolism and keeps you fuller longer. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are all excellent sources of fiber.


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