Keep this cheat sheet handy when cravings strike.
If you're planning to set resolutions for 2020, there's a good chance it revolves around getting healthier, exercising more, or losing weight. After all, 42 percent of Americans surveyed pledged to lose weight come Jan. 1, according to research from Statista.com. But if data shows us anything, it's that most people don't stick to their resolutions to drop pounds and get in shape — less than 8%, in fact — and that's because so many diets aren't really meant to be long-term solutions. Diets may help you drop weight fast, but keeping that weight off is much harder, which is why making small, reasonable lifestyle changes you can stick with over the long-term (instead of trying another quick-fix diet) is the way to go if you really want to lose weight and keep it off for good.
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That's where System 20 comes in. This Oz-approved plan isn't a fad diet. Instead, its approach is on whole-body wellness, focusing on healthy eating as well as getting enough high-quality sleep, manageable exercise (whatever that means for you), lowering your risk for major illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, and mental health check-ins and care. The goal is to not spend your time focusing on the number on the scale, but to learn how to get every part of you healthier and happier this year.
One thing this plan includes is a detailed snack list. Good-for-you snacks can be a part of any healthy lifestyle plan, and this plan focuses on low-carb snacks. Why low-carb? Not only are low-carb regimens like the ketogenic diet extremely popular right now, there's research to back up the idea that incorporating more low-carb foods into your lifestyle can boost metabolism and help with weight loss, and maybe even lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. But you don't have to stick to a strict diet like keto to start feeling lighter. You can still enjoy some carbohydrates — as long as you eat the right kinds! — in combination with some delicious, low-carb snacks, like the ones shown here.
What Makes a Snack Low-Carb?
It's a good question, and it's not always easy to figure out. But here's a basic rule of thumb: A healthy low-carb snack should be made up mostly of protein and good-for-you fats to keep you full and satisfied. The carbohydrates you do consume should be nutrient-rich and contain some fiber – think mainly of veggies here, and pair them with appropriate amounts of meat, dairy, nuts, seeds, and certain fruits. Keep added sugars and processed, white flour products to a minimum, if you consume them at all.
If that sounds a bit vague, don't worry. This neat little cheat sheet is full of delicious, healthy snack foods that can fit into a low-carb plan, and that are ideal if you're on System 20. Check it out below:
If you find it hard to remember which foods are the right ones to grab when a craving strikes, print out this list and keep it in your coat pocket, purse, or workbag, so that you always have a copy handy when you need a reference. Better yet, print out multiple copies. Keep one in the glove box of your car, another one at the office, another one stuck to your fridge at home. Hide one wherever you need to, in order to make sure you're prepared when hunger hits, so you can be one of the few who actually DO stick to their 2020 resolutions.