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Be specific with your New Year's Resolution. Setting a specific, measurable goal will help you to better achieve your desired results. Rather than saying you want to lose weight, say that you want to lose a certain number of pounds or inches, by a certain date and outline how you plan on doing that. Remember to be realistic.

Often times when the body begins to get dehydrated people will experience hunger sensations rather than feeling thirsty. This is a good thing to keep in mind especially if you are trying to lose weight.

Just because a weight-loss product or supplement claims to be "natural" does not mean that it is healthy, or even safe. There have been serious health problems and even deaths caused by "herbal" and "natural" products. Before using any weight-loss products, check with your doctor.

If you're thinking of treating yourself to a Peppermint White Hot Chocolate this holiday season, keep in mind that a Venti sized cup has 690 calories; in comparison a BigMac has 540.

A single can of pop contains about 150 calories and between 10 and 12 teaspoons of sugar.

Trying to lose weight? Avoid eating in front of the T.V., while reading, while using the computer etc.. When you are distracted while eating, you tend to eat more than you need without realizing it.

Dark turkey meat contains more calories than white turkey meat.

Having trouble keeping weight off? Find out the reasons behind your overeating; do you eat when you're stressed, bored, lonely, depressed etc.? Identifying these triggers and learning to deal with them without food will greatly serve long term weight control.

Trying to reduce your caloric intake? Get your calories from solid foods rather than from beverages. Eat a healthy snack with water, rather than with that venti frappuccino.

The faster you lose weight, the more likely it is that the loss is coming from water and muscle rather than from fat. This is not only unhealthy but ultimately makes it harder to keep the weight off. 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy amount and will be a loss of mostly fat.

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