Ah, January 4th. The first Monday after the New Year. The reset button has been pushed; time to get back to routine.
Most people are headed back to work for the first time in a few days, if not weeks. And let’s not forget the daily workout – a routine that some haven’t engaged in since before Thanksgiving.
According to a survey by the marketing research firm, Harris Interactive, 63% of Americans have resolved to lose weight this year. Other surveys show that 75% of those resolving to lose weight will have fallen off the wagon by February.
Most people likely fail because they don’t have a strategy. The typical “loser” doesn’t realize that when it comes to weight loss and maintenance, nutrition is 85% of the equation. You can workout all you want but if you’re stopping at the drive-thru on the way home, your weight loss efforts will be in vain.
Here’s my shopping list to help you with that 85%:
McCann’s or 365 Brand (Whole Foods) Steel Cut Oats
Greek Yogurt (fat free or 2% – Fage, Chobani or Oikos)
Omega-3 enriched eggs (Eggland’s Best or Land-O-Lakes)
Eggology Egg Whites
Agave Nectar (low glycemic sweetener)
Crazy Richard’s Natural Peanut Butter
Skippy Natural Peanut Butter (no mixing required)
Trader Joe’s Almond Butter
Wild Alaska or Pacific salmon
Chunk Light Tongol Tuna
Lean cuts or grass-fed beef
Extra firm tofu
BSN Lean Dessert Protein Powder (The Vitamin Shoppe)
Nectar Protein Powder
Dark leafy greens (Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens)
Salad greens (dark)
Berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries)
Low-fat cottage cheese
Extra Virgin olive oil
Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt