New Year, New Diet


Fruits are an amazing source of vitamins and other essential elements for our health. Photo by Kat Davis

Kathryn Davis and Isabella Tejeda

When the new year comes around, we all have that ambition to change our lives for the better. A common theme is a change in dietary lifestyles. Everyone is beautiful the way they are, no matter what they look like or what they eat, but for those who are looking for healthier eating habits for their new year’s resolution, Royal Reporter is here to provide you with some tips, tricks, and some general information to get you started. 

Here are some tips from Mrs. Simonton, our Exercise Science teacher: 

  • Involve your family or friends; it is helpful to approach as a team.
  • Adjust your nutritional intake like eating less carbohydrates and sugars, thus increasing protein.  This can help you more in the long run.
  • When making your changes, start small and keep the choices realistic. 
  • In order to lose weight, you will need to move. 30 min a day 5 times a week is a great place to start. This will increase your metabolic rate and help burn the calories you have ingested. 
  • Keep in mind that it takes 3,500 calories to burn one pound of fat so you will need to cut out 500-1000 calories to lose 1-2 lbs a week. 

Tips from Esther Yang ‘20: 

  • Eat when you are hungry or need energy not because you are bored 
  • Drink a lot of water. 
  • Watch what kinds of juices you drink; many contain a lot of unnatural sugars. 
  • Try to avoid soda; it is teaming with sugar. 
  • Try to avoid food with a lot of sodium and trans fats. 
  • Don’t eat after 6 p.m. and avoid midnight snacks. 

Whitney Deubler ‘20 says, “When you start a diet, have a goal in mind or a reason why and continuously remind yourself of that goal or reason to keep your motivation. Also, always carry a healthy snack with you in case you begin to really crave something off your dietary food list.” 

Quinoa is a super food when it comes to healthy eating and can be put into many different recipes. Photo by Nerrisa Ring

Mauriz Stoddard ‘20 states, ‘Quinoa is a fun snack full of protein and nutrition. Not only does it provide you with the nutrients you need, but it also tastes really good.’

Some other tips and tricks you can use to live a healthier lifestyle: 

  • Keep in mind that your preferred weight depends on your age and height. 
  • Apple cider vinegar helps with an increase of metabolism – Apple cider vinegar taste nasty, but Mya Hernadez ‘20 hinted that if you combine 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar with water and lemon, the lemon nearly cancels out the taste, and the water dilutes it, making it less potent. 
  • Fruits carry natural sugars, but are naturally balanced out with vitamins, antioxidants, fibers, and much more that are good for your health, so do not be afraid of eating fruits. 

Again, everyone, no matter their size, height, or eating habits, is beautiful and unique. Remember to consult with your doctor and parents before starting any new dietary changes. Let us know in the comments if any of these tips brought some insight to you or if you have your own tips and tricks to dieting.  

Stay healthy, strong, and forward-thinking. Go Royals.