If you’re struggling with keeping a New Year’s resolution involving diet you’re probably not alone. Now is about the time when people begin reverting to their old habits.
To get back on track, Barb Troy, professor of dietetics at Marquette University, suggests scaling back plans and “trying one thing at a time.” This will help you start developing a pattern of success.
Examples may be cutting snacks from three times a day to once a day, or resolving not to eat after 8 pm.
Troy says people fall into the trap of setting unrealistic goals. “Lifestyle changes take time. It takes a good number of weeks for something to start to feel familiar and permanent.”
Of all the different diets and advice out there, the registered dietician says what she finds most important is writing down what you eat and drink, then bring that notebook everywhere you go.