The most popular resolution made for the New Year, time and time again is to go on a diet, change eating styles drastically, and yes, loose weight. It is not altogether a bad resolution, as we, as an American society are gaining more weight than ever with an epidemic of preventable diseases like we have never seen before. Is the New Year really the best time to go on a new diet, and if so, how can it be done in a healthy, sustainable way?

Here are a few tips to get you started on your journey.

1. The most popular “fad” diet may not always be the healthiest. Think about everything that you can and will be eating, and ask yourself whether you will be getting enough nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats are all important components for a healthy, balanced diet.

2. Take a any chronic medical conditions in to consideration, and run your plan by a health coach, your doctor, nutritionist, or other medical professional. The diet plan that may be perfect for your sister, brother, husband, or best friend may not be healthy for you.

3. Consider adding a multivitamin supplement to your daily routine to ensure adequate intake of essential vitamins and nutrients.

4. Explore some of the best gems on the Internet for recipe support and meal planning. Two of my favorites are Epicurious, which has an app that I can use on my iPad and iPhone as well as online.

5. write down and track your food intake! it will keep you accountable to yourself. I personally use GoMeals for tracking of my food intake throughout the day, and can track fat, calories, protein, carbohydrates, and more, as well as build recipes. They have a huge database of grocery items, fresh foods, and cooked foods.

Good luck with your goals for the new year!



Aliza Chana, CHHC