Published on December 16th, 2013 | by Des Moines Register

51 ways to get a healthy start on 2014

Start a food journal. Mindless eating — grazing, eating little bites throughout the day — is a way to pack on calories with little benefit. “Research shows that people that are logging their foods are having better weight-loss outcomes,” said Kelsey Ermels, a registered dietitian with UnityPoint. Keep a journal or use an app (MyFitnessPal is a good one).

Cut 10 calories a day. Visualize it: That’s one gulp of soda, 1 potato chip, or 1 Lifesaver. “Everyone thinks they have to do a complete diet makeover, but really it’s just the little things,” Ermels said.

Cut out one artificially sweetened beverage each day. You’ll trim sweet cravings and calories, too.

Read about more ways to get healthy at the Register.

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