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Let’s kickstart the year by swearing an oath to continue all health practices that are so terrible for us.

GOING OUT FOR DRINKS

Banning alcohol is a popular resolution for many. Well, don’t bother. “Alcohol isn’t so bad as long as you’re in reasonably good health and it’s consumed in moderation. That’s one to two glasses, maybe three times a week,” says Shonali Sabherwal, Macrobiotic Nutritionist, chef and instructor.

NOT COUNTING CALORIES 

Many believe that if you care for fitness, you need to be obsessed with your calorie intake. But as it turns out that’s not true. “When eating becomes a stressful experience, you’re removing the pleasure out of it,” advices Pooja Makhija, celebrity nutritionist and author of Eat Delete and Eat Delete Junior. “Portion control should be the focus.”

GETTING EXCITED FOR DESSERT 

Eliminating sugar completely may be a good plan of action if you’re trying to lose weight. But if you’re just trying to stay fit and the idea of cutting it out completely is making you teary-eyed, then here’s some good news – “The all-or-nothing approach seldom works,” Pooja tells us. “Do small servings ever so often. Putting bans often leads to binge eating which is worse for your metabolism.”

IGNORING THE WEIGHING MACHINE 

People often equate losing weight as the only sign of good health, when really they’re quite different. “There is a weight range assigned to your height and that’s all that matters,” Pooja says. “If you just want to have abundant energy, sleep well and perform at your job, then ignore the machine and focus on eating right, instead.” ■

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