Make Your Diet Stick: Dos and Don’ts for Success

When it comes to a successful diet, there are three important rules to follow

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A Dietitian's Diet Advice

January is a great time of year to make a diet resolution, but trendy restrictive diets aren't the healthiest or the most effective way to slim down. We asked Ahuva Magder Hershkop, a registered dietitian with Arm Yourself Dietetics in Toronto, for her advice. Here are her top three tips.

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1. Don't try to "save up" calories

Skipping breakfast or lunch usually leads to overeating higher-calorie options later in the day. Enjoy a protein-rich breakfast to set you up for a day of healthy eating.

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2. Make one change at a time

Instead of a total nutrition overhaul, start with one change that can be easily incorporated into your life, like eating breakfast or getting 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Work on changing one habit until it becomes part of your routine before moving on to another nutrition goal.

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3. Don't wait to start eating better

One of the biggest mistakes women make is putting off healthy changes. If the holidays amounted to carte blanche permission to throw good eating habits out the window, now is the time to focus on your goals. Need some motivation? Use an upcoming winter vacation down south as an excuse to put your plans into action.

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