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Facts and tips for safe dieting

Posted by Janice Cox, RDN, LD, Lunds and Byerly’s Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Monday, February 3, 2014

We’re checking back in a month later – how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?


People make resolutions to change their eating habits for a variety of reasons. It may be to improve a health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, lose weight, or generally feel better. One of the reasons so many of us struggle with our food choices year after year is because we haven’t tailored a diet to our specific needs and lifestyles. Without some self-evaluation and study of what our options are and what plans are best, we may continue to struggle.

Recommended Diet Plans
U.S. News & World Report recently published “Best Diets of 2014 (”They asked a panel of national health experts to rank more than 32 diets on a variety of factors, including ease to follow, ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss and safety. Diets are ranked with stars from 5 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Categories include: best diet overall, best commercial diet, best for weight loss, best for diabetes, best heart healthy, easiest to follow and best plant based.

How Dieting Leads to Results
Diet is one piece to the puzzle for weight loss. The National Weight Control Registry ( has looked at characteristics of more than 10,000 people who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time. Some of the characteristics of those who are successful include:

  • 98% of Registry participants report they modified their food intake in some way to lose weight. 
  • 94% increased their physical activity, with the most frequently reported form of activity being walking.
  • Additionally:
    • 78% eat breakfast every day.
    • 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
    • 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
    • 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.

If you have questions about getting started, staying on track or could use support, send me an email at

FINE PRINT: Please consult with your doctor before making any changes on your diet and/or exercise plan.

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