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Dietitians Dish: Are you keeping up with your New Year' sgoals?

By By Loretta Cordes
Feb. 28, 2012 at midnight
Updated Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.

Loretta Cordes

Have you had a hard time sticking to your New Year's goals? If you have made a commitment in the new year to make a lifestyle change to lose weight and eat healthier, are you having problems staying on track? Perhaps you have lost motivation or have come across challenges to keep you from obtaining your goals.

Here are some tips to help you meet your goals:

Are your family and friends supporting you? If your loved ones are keeping tempting foods such as cookies, candy and chips around the house, this can affect your struggle to make lifestyle changes. It is important to be honest about your goals to your friends and family. You do not want them giving you a box of candy for a birthday present. It is also important to talk to your co-workers about your goals as well. Achieving your goals could be a problem if you are tempted by sweets in your work area. Being honest will help everyone be mindful of your needs.

Has your new lifestyle changed your social life? Do you feel that you are not going out with your friends as much because they know you are on a diet? Invite them over for a dinner party at your house, and share with them some of your favorite recipes.

Are you constantly hungry? Have you eliminated food groups from your diet? Make sure you are eating a variety of food such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein and healthy fats. This will help ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need.

Have you incorporated exercise in your lifestyle change? This will help your body burn calories and assist with the weight loss, which will help you stay on track with your goals. Exercise also will help with any stress you may be faced with during this change. If you have not started an exercise program, make sure you talk to your physician before starting an exercise program.

Are you making slow, steady progress? Remember that gradual weight loss is the goal. Try keeping track of the foods you eat by doing a handwritten food diary. If you have a smart phone, try some of the weight loss applications such as Lose It! or Sparkpeople.

Good luck on your journey to meet your goals.

Loretta Cordes is a registered and licensed dietitian with a Master's of Science Degree in Human Sciences and Certified Diabetes Educator. Send questions or comments to dietitians@vicad.com.

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