We make ’em, we break ’em. New Year’s diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too.
But William Yancy, a weight specialist at Duke University’s diet and fitness center says, in order to be successful, make goals that are SMART — Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Instead of simply resolving to eat better, plan how to do it, such as having chips once or twice a week instead of every day. Rather than vague vows to get in shape, resolve to walk half an hour every day after dinner.
Brian Wansink, who heads the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and has written books on taking control of food choices, and has had government and industry funding, is also giving you some really helpful tips.
IN THE KITCHEN
Redo the pantry to put healthy stuff in front. You’re three time more likely to eat the first food you see than the fifth one.
Tidy your kitchen before eating. Women asked to wait in a messy kitchen ate twice as many cookies as women in the same kitchen did when it was organized and quiet.
Keep no food out except a fruit bowl. Researchers photographed 210 kitchens to see whether countertop food reflects the weight of women in each home. Those who left breakfast cereal out weighed 20 pounds more than neighbors who didn’t; those with soft drinks out weighed 24 to 26 pounds more. Those with a fruit bowl weighed 13 pounds less.
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