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Making A New Year's Resolution To Lose Weight

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What are you doing for the new year? No, really . . . what are you doing for the new year? Commonly, each year, American's make resolutions, promises if you will, to ourselves but at least half of us fail to keep them. Is it unreasonable to make resolutions? The answer is no! It is a good thing to set goals, work towards those goals, and even better when we achieve them.

The most common resolution is to lose weight. Most Americans who find themselves overweight or gaining weight may resolve to lose those extra pounds in the new year. This is easier said than done for most of us. Companies in the business of weight lost harp on consumers who make promises to lose weight. Within the next few weeks, we will be inundated with weight loss advertisements from companies who will say anything to make a buck off of these resolutions.

To set goals to lose weight you must first acknowledge the need to do it -- not for vanity sake so much but for your health. Next is to set realistic goals -- know what you want from your goal include details like I need to lose 15 pounds. Set up a plan on what to do, i.e., exercise, what to eat. And, ensure that your goal is something that can be attained.

A successful diet is simply this . . . decrease caloric intake and increase physical activity. Weight may come off at one pound per week; anything more than 2 pounds per week is a fad and the weight may return quickly. Be realistic, don't starve yourself, and eat healthy. Happy New Year!

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