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Minor Changes, Major Impact

Minor Changes, Major Impact

Eat healthier, lose weight, and exercise more are three of the most common New Year's resolutions. And while many of us start out strong, our resolutions tend to fall by the wayside come March or April. Rather than making overly ambitious goals that may not be realistic or sustainable, resolve to be your best this year and start with small changes to achieve long-lasting results.

1. Rethink how you eat. Rather than counting every calorie and excluding certain food groups, focus on other aspects of food. Be intentional with your food choices -- keep quality in mind and opt for foods that are nourishing to the body and were grown and harvested with care.

Also, give yourself plenty of time to eat. A recent study found that people who eat quickly until they're full are three times more likely to be overweight than people who ate more slowly. Slowing down will allow the brain's fullness signals to kick in.

2. Drink water between meals. The benefits of staying hydrated abound -- water is essential for the body to absorb nutrients from the foods we eat, aid digestion, clear away toxins, and lubricate the joints, and even mild dehydration can lead to dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.

Sipping water between meals can also help you achieve a healthy weight. If you tend to eat out of boredom, it will keep your stomach satisfied until you're truly hungry. To meet your daily requirements, men should aim for approximately a gallon of water per day, while women need roughly three liters.

3. Stay positive. You can't fake positivity -- it has to be authentic. Make it a goal to do three things that make you feel great every day. It could be a 10-minute walk, a long, uninterrupted bath, a nap, a Netflix marathon of your favorite show, or a cup of tea with a good friend. When we're happy, we make healthier choices. And when we feel healthier, it makes us even happier!

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