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!
Wendy C. Fries
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:
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:
New Year's Diet Resolution No. 3: Go for the Gold ... and Red ... and Purple
Colorful produce is packed with disease-fighting plant compounds, so when you shop, reach for a rainbow.
New Year's Diet Resolution No 4: Tackle Mindless Munching
You're chatting with friends around the dinner table or watching a DVD -- and you just keep nibbling. Try these tips to reign in the munchies:
New Year's Diet Resolution No 5: Stack the Odds in Your Favor
Don't forget to help yourself succeed, and to reach out for help when you need it.
Bonus New Year's Diet Resolution: Baby Your Body
Prevention: It's a lot less daunting than treating a chronic condition, so do the little things that keep your body thriving.
Take enough steps and you'll reach any goal. Resolve to make a few small diet resolutions this year and then just watch how far you'll go!
SOURCES: American Dietetic Association: "For Good Taste and Health, Follow
the Rainbow." WebMD Feature: "Make 2006 New Year's Resolutions a Reality," "8
Secrets to Diet Success." WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column: "Top 10
Diet and Nutrition Resolutions."
Last Editorial Review: 12/29/2009 4:36:49 PM