Sticking to your New Year’s diet plans

Dietician offers tips to help you stick to your New Year’s diet plans.
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 5:43 PM EST
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Saying you have a New Year’s resolution is easy, but sticking to it can be a challenge, especially if it involves dieting. In this week’s Medical Monday, Kathy McCarty has more on how to achieve your goals.

New Years is just around the corner, and with it comes resolutions. Thomas Merrow, a Clinical Dietician, says it’s good to set manageable goals, especially when it comes to the food you eat.

“It’s always good to start off with some goals that are specific, that can be measured, are achievable, and ones that are relevant to your life. And finally, if you can attach a timeframe to them, it makes you a little bit more accountable to following through with your goals,” says Thomas Merrow, Clinical Dietician with Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital.

Merrow says there are no good or bad foods.

He says, “Another way to look at it is foods are nutrient-dense, energy-dense, or a combination of the two. So for example, a nutrient-dense food would be an apple. It’s high in fiber, it’s got micro-nutrients - compared to a food that’s energy-dense, which is more high in calories, such as oils, like olive oil or butter. And then the combination of the two, like peanut butter’s nutrient-dense - has protein, micro-nutrients - and it’s also energy-dense, because it has natural oils in it.”

Eating balanced meals can help you achieve your diet goals.

“Regardless of what your weight loss goals are or your exercise goals, it’s good to create a balance with the foods we eat. So in other words, eating a nutritious, balanced diet leads to healthy weight, prevents chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and also it can help with mental health and emotional health, in the long run,” says Merrow.

Merrow offered some tips to help you succeed: enjoy your favorite holiday treats, but in moderation; substitute a fruit for a sweet treat; add more fiber to your diet; make healthier snack choices, replacing sweets with yogurt, fruit or a granola bar; and drink plenty of water. Merrow says often when you think you’re hungry, what your body really needs is water. Kathy McCarty, NewsSource 8

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