How to Keep Those Diet Resolutions in the New Year

By Brandi Swieter

The new year means new resolutions to make. For many people, those resolutions are about the diet and what people are going to consume as the year commences. It can prove difficult to stay away from unhealthy snacks and drinks that are so well liked and have been eaten for years prior to this point, but it needs to be done to make the resolution stick. With a few tricks and some motivation, anyone with a healthier diet resolution can stick to their promise of clean eating. And if you haven't made such a resolution, it's not too late to try to improve your health.

Make Small Changes

Rather than deciding to cut out all unhealthy foods immediately, a more realistic approach is to make small changes to the diet instead. Cut out soda pop and vow to drink water instead. Choose to eat a piece of fruit instead of grabbing a snack cake. Make each of these changes last a week or two on their own before implementing the next.

Choose Enjoyable Foods

Eating foods simply because they’re healthy will not work if the person eating them has no enjoyment of them whatsoever. People should still enjoy the foods they’re eating, whether they’re healthy choices or not. If a person does not like cucumbers, they shouldn’t eat cucumbers regularly as part of their diet. They should instead choose vegetables they do enjoy that can be eaten often without making it seem like something that is supposed to be done simply for health purposes.

Eat Before The Event

Many people end up bingeing on food when they go to a party or another event with friends or coworkers. Instead of allowing this to happen, anyone sticking to a diet resolution should be sure to eat their approved healthy foods before the event. When they get to the venue, they won’t be tempted to gorge on the delicious offerings available because they’ll already be full. It will also be OK to indulge a little on a treat, but with a full stomach people will be less likely to eat too much of anything offered.

Eating habits are hard to change, but with some hard work and dedication, anyone hoping to eat healthier in the new year can make it happen. Not only will it help with any weight loss resolutions, but it will make the body and mind healthy as well.

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