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5 Diet Resolutions for the New Year

Why overhaul your diet in a day when you can take small steps over time -- and still reach your diet goals!

By Wendy C. Fries
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

Are you making bold resolutions on January 1 to "eat right" -- whatever that means? Stop trying to overhaul your entire diet in a day! Resolve to think small and you can reach any diet goal -- one focused step at a time. Why not start with these simple tips?

New Year's Diet Resolution No. 1: Go Slow

Resolving to get more fiber in your diet this year? Maybe more fish or fresh fruit? Any diet change is easier if you take slow, small steps. For example:

  1. Vow to add a piece of produce to your brown bag lunch daily.

  2. Designate a day as fish day.

  3. Package up a single serving of your favorite whole-grain cereal, then treat it as your midmorning snack.

New Year's Diet Resolution No 2: Water, Water, Everywhere

Water: It's cheap, fat-free, and gives your body a quenching boost. Find the idea of eight cups a day daunting? Think small:

  1. Drink one glass first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth.

  2. Tempted by more soda? Another glass of wine? Drink a cup of water with a splash of your favorite beverage in it first.

  3. Resolve to drink one more cup of water today than you had yesterday.

New Year's Diet Resolution No. 3: Go for the Gold ... and Red ... and Purple