Resolutions: Top Diet and Nutrition Resolutions (cont.)
To add to the experts' list, I have a list of small, sustainable resolutions that -- along with the above suggestions -- should help you reach your weight loss goals:
"Reinforce your success...build in a reward system."
1. Switch from higher-fat to lower-fat products. Instead of cream, use milk in your coffee.
Making Them Stick
You've heard from the pros; now it's up to you. Make your own personal best list of resolutions that will help you lose weight and improve your health. Keep the list with you, as a screensaver on your computer or posted in a highly visible spot. It will serve as a motivator to help you make healthful changes each day.
Some other ways to make sure you stay with the program:
When You Backslide
No matter how committed you are, you will occasionally overeat. Simply accept that these things happen, and get right back on track. Remember that losing weight is more like a slow and steady marathon than a sprint. Good luck, and happy New Year!
Originally published Dec. 29, 2004.
SOURCES: Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, columnist, The Washington Post; author, Diet Simple; spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association. Susan Moores, MS, RD, nutrition consultant; spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association, St. Paul, Minn. Anne Fletcher, MS, RD, author, Thin for Life series. Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, nutrition consultant, author, Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids, Boston. Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, member, board of directors, American Dietetic Association; host, Eating Right Minute; director of university nutrition, Washington University, St. Louis. Dawn Jackson, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association; weight loss dietitian, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute, Chicago. Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD, columnist, Allure magazine; registered dietitian, Naperville, Ill. Ellie Krieger, MS, RD, author, Small Changes, Big Results.
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