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New Year’s Goals

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The New Year is here! It is time for a fresh start. For many people, this means leading a healthier lifestyle and losing weight. If this is your goal, you might try a few of these tips to get back on track:

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1. What is Your Motivation? Do you want to feel more energetic or improve your overall health? Be clear about what you want, and then use that to inspire you.

2. Have a Plan. You cannot jump into a whole new lifestyle without planning. Outline the changes you want to implement and decide how to fit them into your schedule. Take baby steps.

3. Make Goals. Goals help measure progress. When making your goals, you need to make SMART goals.

4. Track What You Eat. Watching what you eat is an eye-opening experience. Find an online tracker to keep track of everything you put into your body. You don’t have to do it for the rest of your life, but it is a great habit to start.

5. Help. It may be tempting to try a fad diet, but these tend to be unrealistic, difficult to maintain, and sometimes even dangerous. Try to find a reliable source of information to help you understand nutrition. The USDA offers tools and resources, or contact a registered dietitian in your area.

6. Eat Breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eat a healthy breakfast early. It will give you more energy and help you make healthier choices during the day. Studies suggest that regular breakfast eaters meet their fitness and weight loss goals more often than non-breakfast eaters.

7. Vegetables. Vegetables are filled with nutrients, water, fiber, and very few calories. Fill half of your plate with vegetables so that you will get fuller faster cutting down your calories without feeling deprived.

8. Exercise. Incorporating exercise into your life will help burn calories at a faster rate and build a healthy body. Start slowly and then increase your intensity. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise plan. Try a new winter sport like cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing.

9. Start Slow. A major mistake many people make is trying to tackle a health resolution all at once. You want to make longterm permanent changes, and these will take time to implement. Be patient.

10. Lapses. Be prepared to fall off the wagon. Just be willing to get back on. Every day is a new chance to start over, so return to your healthy lifestyle immediately.

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