Resolutions to improve health also help weight loss

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In Texas, a registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine said to focus your new year resolutions about diet and health on making changes in your routine that will improve your health and the weight loss will follow.

“Increasing your steps by 500 a day is not going to jumpstart your weight loss – it’s not enough of a calorie burn,” said Roberta Anding, registered dietitian and assistant professor at Baylor. “The reason to increase those 500 steps really has nothing to do with weight loss – it’s setting up the machinery in our body to work better.”

Anding said that if there is one goal that she could set for everyone in the new year, it would be to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber and antioxidants and the colors are where the nutrition is found. Anding also recommends eating more protein with each meal.