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December 28, 2012

On the Mend: Avoiding those dieting pitfalls in the new year

Brace yourselves – those New Year’s resolutions are coming.

From watching less TV to staying in touch with friends and family, in less than a week more promises to thyself will be made than at all other points in the year combined.

Perennially the No. 1 one resolution, losing weight is a big to-do come January first. A new year with a clean slate is the perfect opportunity to actualize your health and fitness goals— even if the timing is a bit cliché.

Wanting and wishing for it is much easier than doing it though, and if you’re serious about being successful, you’re going to need to know where every roadblock lies.

So read on to see how you can keep your exercise routine fresh and how to avoid dangerous dieting pitfalls on your way to your new body in 2013.

Just get there. It’s more than half the battle. Want to cut your chances of “new-body attrition” in half? Make sure you don’t miss any of your scheduled workouts. Pick a regular time and regular, realistic intervals to exercise. Make it a habit ­— for better or worse, habits are easy to maintain.

Keep a complete gym bag in your car. Clothes ­— complete with underwear and socks, shoes, headphones, a towel and toiletries are among all the amenities you’ll need to ensure that you can workout whenever you want without going home to change. Because let’s face it – a pit stop at home usually means you’re in for the night.

Too hungry after work? Have a small, fruit-based snack and two large glasses of water. It will fill your stomach and help you temporarily shake the hunger so you can squeeze in a workout. Besides — vigorous exercising helps to curb your appetite and may prevent overeating — especially at night when ‘grazing’ is most consequential.

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