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UF doctor's tips on maintaining a healthy New Years resolution

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With the new year, comes new year resolutions.

A study from Statistic Brain says the number one resolution for 2017 was to lose weight--- second in line was self-improvements.

So with these “new year new me” goals, how is the best way to go about it?

Dr. James medley, assistant professor and family medicine doctor since 2014, says “fad diets” are the worst way to start.

The whole 30 diet, Atkins diet, the Keto diet are those that are very strict and they exclude certain food groups entirely,” says Dr. Medley. “Although they might have an effect very quickly with rapid weight loss—they tend not to be very healthy since they exclude a lot of things that we’re designed to eat as humans.”

He recommends choosing a diet that you can maintain throughout your life, full of vegetables and lean proteins —including the occasional indulgence.

“Things like sweets, things like bacon are okay, we just have to recognize that it’s something that has to be eaten in small amounts and infrequently,” says Dr. Medley.

And don’t be fooled with low fat wrappers and organic treats.

“There is no evidence in any medical literature that suggests eating only organic or only gluten free has any nutritional benefit,” say Dr. Medley.

Statistic Brain also says that 72.6% of people maintain their resolutions the first week, but drops down to 68% in the second week.

So if you’re hitting the gym, Dr. Medley says to start slow.

“I usually recommend 10-15 minutes every other day, for a week. If they feel good, then they can amp it up another 10 minutes, and so on,” says Dr. Medley.

For more information on how to make some changes in your life, you can go to choosemyplate.org to see how you can kick start your resolutions—the healthy way.

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