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3 Diet Resolutions for the New Year

With the start of 2015, many of you might have made New Year’s resolutions. Many times these resolutions involve getting into shape or cleaning up your diet. Unfortunately, most steps taken to achieve these goals only work as a quick-fix but don’t provide lasting results. Here are 3 resolutions you can start this year that are more likely to help you achieve your goals in the long run.

1) Eat More Fiber
According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, the Adequate Intake for fiber is 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men. While that number may not sound like a lot, keep in mind that this is tough task (even for dietitians!). Fiber is important for heart and digestive health, but it can also help with weight loss by helping you feel full. Here are some great resources: 7 Foods That Will Make You Poop and 16 Great High-Fiber Foods

2) Stay Away from Fad Diets
The weight loss industry rakes in millions of dollars every year by capitalizing on people’s desire to lose weight. When a diet sounds too good to be true, then it is! Before starting a fad diet, always ask yourself if you can keep it up forever. Chances are, you won’t. You should also question if the recommendations are based on science (case in point: the issue with Dr. Oz)
For additional information, check out: 6 Diets With Serious Flaws

3) Learn Intuitive Eating and how to Respect your Hunger and Fullness Cues
What exactly does this mean? Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Sounds simple, but think of how many times you overeat or eat out of boredom. Compared to traditional dieting, Intuitive Eating is a simple approach to food but it can be difficult to get used to if you’ve developed a “diet” mentality over the years. Here are some websites to help you get started: How to Eat Intuitively and Intuitive Eating #1

About Natasha Chong Cole, MPH, RD

Natasha Chong Cole is a Registered Dietitian and currently a doctoral student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Loma Linda University.  Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked as a clinical dietitian and nutrition consultant, specializing in health and wellness, intuitive eating, and weight management. Her research interests include interventions in childhood obesity prevention, and the influence of parental feeding practices on the development of food intake behavior in infants and toddlers. 

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