Sticking To Your New Year's Diet

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM EDT

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January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) More than a week into the new year, some of us may already be second-guessing or may have even broken some of our new year's resolutions.

If you're trying to shed a few pounds in 2012, you may be thinking that it's harder than you thought, but dietitians say the key to sticking with your weight-loss resolution is staying motivated.

Tara Harwood, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic says,"If I were to tell you to run 10 miles tomorrow and you tried to do that,
would you be successful? Probably not, and you would also lose your motivation because you couldn't do it. So, what I say is to maybe back up and start setting small, realistic goals, almost like a training log for being healthy."

Dietitians say don't focus on the end result, instead set up a week-by-week plan.

They say start slow by eating an extra piece of fruit each day, swapping a vegetable for an unhealthy side-dish at dinner, or simply not skipping breakfast and risking overeating the rest of the day.

Dietitians say you can stay motivated by celebrating your weekly accomplishments and not getting wrapped up in the number on the scale.

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