Best Life: 2024: Eating for health 

Post-Holiday Weight Gain: Americans gain 1-5 pounds during holidays, making it a challenge to bounce back in the new year. 

Fibre Focus: Increase daily soluble fibre intake by 10g to reduce the risk of belly fat; choose foods like oatmeal, grains, flaxseeds, sweet potatoes, and fruits. 

Alcohol Awareness: Limit alcohol consumption due to its high-calorie content, hunger-inducing effect, inhibition of fat burning, and promotion of cravings for unhealthy foods. 

Hydration Habit: If drinking alcohol, ensure adequate water intake in between to stay hydrated and minimise its negative impact on diet. 

Sodium Scrutiny: Control sodium intake, as each 1g increase per day is linked to a 15% higher risk of obesity; guidelines recommend limiting daily salt intake to about one teaspoon. 

Protein Power: Boost metabolism and calorie burning by incorporating more protein into your diet; aim for 30% of daily calories from protein sources for effective weight loss. 

Mindful Eating: Consider mindfulness meditation as part of a healthy lifestyle, with just five minutes a day shown to reduce cortisol, a stress hormone linked to increased appetite and impulsive eating. 

Small Changes, Big Impact: Transform your health gradually by making mindful choices in eating habits, hydration, and lifestyle, ensuring a sustainable and positive impact on overall well-being. 

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