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Top 10 Diet Tips for New Year’s Resolutions

It's time that you actually achieve some of your New Year's resolutions. Follow these tips to help you accomplish some of your health related resolutions.

With January 1st quickly approaching after the holiday feasting, it is not surprising that nearly seventy per cent of the North American population make New Year’s resolutions of losing weight, eating less junk food, and making more healthier decisions overall. While it is usually with the best intentions that you make these resolutions, it can be difficult to keep yourself on the right path. Here are the top 10 diet tips that will help you to fulfill your New Year’s resolutions for 2011.

Tip # 1 – Make Snack Sizes of Fruits and Vegetables

Allow yourself unlimited snacks of the healthy choice. Cut up small bags of vegetables and/or fruit for quick and convenient snacks – for work or when you’re running around doing errands. Having something pre-packaged for the next day will help you keep your objective in mind.

Tip # 2 – Do Twice Weekly Grocery Shopping

Sit down for 30 minutes twice a week to decide what you are going to eat for the next 3 – 4 days, create a grocery list, and then do not buy anything that is not on the list – regardless of whether you `think` you need it or not. This is to help you keep healthy food in your house at all times and allow you to control the majority of your meals.

Tip # 3 – Keep Your Diet Well Balanced

By planning your meals, you will have the opportunity to fully balance your diet; just remember to keep with it. Maximizing the types of foods you eat will allow you to not only meet your daily recommended values, but will help you feel and look your best.

Tip # 4 – Always Overestimate What You Eat

If a cookbook or recipe tells you that a portion will be a certain amount of calories, it is best to multiply that number by 1.3 (ie.  300 calories x 1.3 = 390 calories) as it most likely will be closer to what you will actually be eating. Sampling through the cooking period or serving slightly larger portions are common enough occurrences and usually don`t get included in the calories intake calculations. For accuracies sake, always overestimate.

Tip # 5 – Savour Your Food

Eating slowly and mindfully can help you enjoy your food and eat less of it. Eating slowly gives your brain enough time to receive the signals from your stomach saying it`s full. Eating in this manner will also encourage you to only eat the foods that you really enjoy and not just putting food into your mouth because it`s on your plate.

Tip # 6 – Use a Smaller Plate

Instead of eating your meals on large dinner plates, use a smaller desert plate so that your portions will naturally be smaller.  Store the remainder of your food before you eat so that if you finish and feel like eating more, you`ll have to go through the hassle of taking everything back out of the refrigerator and reheating – sometimes, you may find it is just not worth it.

Tip # 7 – Avoid Soda

Soda, regardless of whether it's diet or not, is just not a healthy substance to drink. Avoid it at all costs and don`t even bother coming up with excuses as to why you should drink it. Period.

Tip # 8 – Do Not Skip Meals

Be sure to eat all your meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as your additional one or two snacks throughout the day. Nothing could set you up better for weight gain than not eating all of your meals. When you are ravenous, it is nearly impossible to avoid eating unhealthy foods – such as sweets – because your body craves a sugar boost. Instead, provide it with energy sustaining food choices at regular intervals to avoid cravings.

Tip # 9 – Make Sure Exercise Becomes a Regular Part of Your Day

When you begin to think of exercise as a necessary part of your day, you will find that it becomes easier and easier to fit into your schedule. One of the reasons that nearly 92% of people fail their New Year`s resolutions is because they cannot make it a part of their lives. You need to ensure that you pencil exercise into your daily appointments and keep them.

Tip # 10 – Get a Buddy

Find a friend who has similar goals and drive that you have and recruit him or her to become your `resolution buddy`. When you share a common goal with someone, you give yourself  an additional boost of motivation to achieve your goals. Encourage your friend when she`s feeling low and doubtful, she`ll do the same for you. It`s a win-win situation!



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