It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3…

Many people don’t know where to start when trying to achieve their weight loss and health goals. Here are three easy steps to help you make health a way of life one step at a time!

Three Steps to Achieving Your Weight Goals:

1. Do the Ploset Clean Out
If junk food is easily available, you are more likely to reach for it in a moment of weakness. Go through your pantry and get rid of all the processed crackers, chips and high sugary snacks. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables and some of the “approved snack foods.”

Examples of approved snack foods:
kind bars
quest bars
Nuts and fresh fruit
Hummus and pre-cut veggies

2. Drink More Water

Water plays many important roles in the body and is needed for all metabolism processes. Water keeps your cells alive and aids in the transport of nutrients, regulates body temperature, removes waste products (including the byproducts of fat) and acts as a lubricant for your joints, spinal cord and brain! Remember sugary drinks, sodas and specialty coffee drinks aren’t the same as drinking water and can make it extremely difficult to achieve your weight loss goals.

Tips to drink more water:
Drink a cup first thing as you are getting ready in the morning
Get a cup with a straw (you drink faster with a straw)
Flavor with fresh fruit, mint or cucumber
Make a water log and keep track of how many cups you drink (Goal: 8 cups per day)
Monitor the color of your pee; if it’s clear, you are doing a good job and if its bright yellow, drink more water!

3. Remember the 50/25/25 Rule
The plate method is an easy go-to when trying to understand portion sizes. Fifty percent of your plate should be non-starchy veggies, twenty-five percent lean meat and twenty-five percent complex carbohydrate.

Examples of Macronutrients:

– Non-starchy vegetables: broccoli, carrots, green beans, asparagus, cauliflower

– Lean Meat: chicken, fish, turkey

– Starch/Complex Carbohydrate: brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, black beans, butternut squash

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About the author

Nicole Aucoin, MS, RD, LD/N

Founder, Healthy Steps Nutrition
Home of CrossFit HSN & HSN Mentoring

Author of Nourish & Healthy Kids Cookbook

Author of The Basics of Nutrition Coaching Course, CrossFit Preferred Nutrition Course

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer