Our Best Tips for Weight Loss and Healthy Eating in the New Year

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    Our Best Tips for Weight Loss and Healthy Eating in the New Year

    Well, the Apocolypse did not manifest itself and I am left regretting the Christmas candy and cookies that I ate! All kidding aside, most people right about now are coming down from their sugar high and resolving to eat better and lose weight in the New Year. In fact, "lose weight" was the #1 New Year's resolution for 2012, according to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology.

    Making a resolution to eat healthy and take off excess weight is easy. Following through on that commitment and actually succeeding is hard. Statistics show that about 71% of resolutions make it through the first two weeks and less than half are being acted upon midway through the New Year.

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    So how are you going to make yourself successful this year? Instead of jumping on the next fad diet, which generally offers more hype than hope, consider that making a few explicit changes to your normal routine can translate into life-long healthy behaviors. Small steps to changing your eating behaviors are not only manageable, they also deliver results. In fact, the University of Scranton states, "People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions."

    In this sharepost, some of the writers at HealthCentral offer explicit behavior changes for weight loss and healthy eating. Perhaps you will make these changes in yourself, or they will inspire you to make other healthy eating habits.

    Unprocessed Grain

    "Whole grain" really is meant to be whole and unprocessed, not just brown. Examples of whole grains include: oat groats, quinoa, and brown rice. Substituting quick-cooking, high-glycemic load foods like rolled oats, white rice and pasta with true whole grains is a smart way to look and feel better.

    - Christina Lasich, MD
    Writes for HealthCentral on Diet and Exercise, Chronic Pain, and Osteoarthritis

    Perimeter Shopping

    Shop primarily around the perimeter of the grocery store. That piece of advice -- courtesy of Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University -- means that you'll have plenty of choices of produce, meats, dairy, eggs and bread. You'll also be avoiding the aisles that are full of processed foods, sodas and other choices that aren't as healthy.

    - Dorian Martin
    Writes for HealthCentral on Diet and Exercise, Menopause, and Alzheimer's

    Dinner Fast

    Since our weight naturally goes up and down every day, the easiest way to lose weight is to take immediate action to stop the upswing. I do that by skipping dinner any day that my weight is up from the previous day if I weigh more than my goal. This means that I weigh myself each morning. It's as simple as that, and it works for both physical and psychological reasons. By not eating anything after lunchtime my body has several extra hours to recover from my eating too much the previous day. But it usually doesn't come to that, because I now always limit what I eat more carefully since I really would prefer not to forgo dinner. I have had to skip dinner only nine times in the past 180 days to stay at my goal weight.

  • -David Mendosa

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    Writes for HealthCentral on Diabetes

    Exercise Agreements

    Do you know that I've figured out a way to exercise while I am using my laptop? It's true. I made a deal with myself that I could only go on Facebook while I exercise. Yeah, it makes me feel less guilty about using Facebook because I'm doing something good for myself. I simply flip my laptop case wide open and put it on the handle bars of my recombinant bike. This works equally well with my iPad. I ride and read and type. When I stop riding, I can't Facebook anymore. That's the deal. Sometimes I ride for a longtime and don't even notice it. That is, until I get up from the bike and my back-end is numb. Read more easy tricks for sneaking-in exercise.

    - My Bariatric Life
    Writes for HealthCentral on Obesity

    Best wishes for achieving your health goals in 2013. Please share in the comments section below your tips for health eating and weight loss. We all can learn from each other!


    If you enjoyed this article, you also may enjoy the following articles that may inspire you to healthy transformation in the New Year: Diabetes Resolutions by David Mendosa and Overcoming Obesity: You Have Within You What It Takes to Triumph by yours truly.


    Living life well fed,

    University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology. http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

Published On: December 27, 2012