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When trying to lose weight, keep in mind that you don't necessarily have to eat less, you should just be taking in fewer calories. By replacing your usual high calorie foods with lower calorie options (ex. fruits and vegetables), you won't be left still feeling hungry at the end of your meal.

Create milestones on your way to your overall goal. Whether your trying to lose 50 pounds or wanting to run a marathon, setting milestones that you can celebrate on the way to your overall goal will keep you motivated; every time you lose another 10 pounds, every time you can run 5 km further, reward yourself.

Just because you are eating healthy doesn't mean you can't have dessert. Angel food cake (especially the sugar-free kind) is a great treat when topped with fresh berries. It is low in fat and has far less calories than many desserts.

During times of stress the body produces more cortisol, a hormone that allows the body to store fat, increases blood pressure, and can even weaken the immune system.

Approximately two thirds (67%) of American adults are overweight or obese. (being overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 and 30, and being obese is defined as having a BMI of over 30)

Approximately half of all Canadians are either overweight or obese. (being overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 and 30, and being obese is defined as having a BMI of over 30)

Like those tasty vanilla soy drinks? Try making your own by adding a few drops of almond or vanilla extract to a regular soy beverage. Your home-made version will have fewer calories and less sugar.

Did you know that studies have shown that Type 2 Diabetes can be delayed and even prevented? One of the biggest modifiable risk factors of type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese. By changing your lifestyle (exercise and diet) you can significantly delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Obesity in midlife makes you 3.5 times more likely to experience Alzheimer’s

Another way to make your New Year's Resolution seem more achievable is to break one big goal into smaller ones. Saying you want to lose 50 pounds sounds like quite the daunting task... how about focusing on losing a pound a week? Sounds a lot more manageable doesn't it?

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