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New Year's Diet Resolution Recipes
Part 1: Taming the battle of the bulge
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• Part 1: Diet balance and moderation
Part 2: Dieting tips and Hints
Part 3: Healthy Diet Recipes
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How many of us make a resolution to either lose weight or travel the path of a more healthy diet? Statistics indicate that a full 90% of us have such good intentions for the new year. Unfortunately, the thought of dieting or changing our eating habits makes us groan.

However, changing our eating habits is easier than ever today, with just a little effort. We now have food products that make it much easier than just abstaining. With the advent of fat-free dairy products, sugar substitutes, and even a fat substitute product, we can change our daily diet and not feel like we suffer any real loss in intake or taste.

Don't miss these diet recipes that are not only low calorie and heart healthy but also tasty!

The Food Pyramid Becomes Dietary Guidelines
The United States Department of Agriculture instituted the Dietary Guidelines in simple terms. The guidelines are reviewed every 5 years and updated.

Diet Balance and Moderation
Of course, the best diet is controlled intake of a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with moderated intake of protein fats and a good regimen of daily, not necessarily strenuous exercise.

The body life cycle is amazing indeed. Some are blessed with a fast metabolism, eating constantly and never gaining an ounce. Others are not so lucky and must count every calorie. The body also goes through age cycles. Younger bodies tend to shed calories faster, partly due to the higher activity rate. As we age, we become more sedate, and there is a metabolic change in many, even those who once were always thin. Exercise should be an important part of your daily routine.

Consult Your Physician About Your Diet
The first step in any diet plan is a consultation with your physician. A surprising number of weight problems are due to diseases or conditions that need to be treated, such as diabetes. Fad diets are not the answer. They may work in the short run, but it's not worth taking risks with your health. Common sense dictates the advice of your physician before embarking on any diet, particularly if you have diabetes, heart problems or other physical ailments. Don't forget to consult your physician about any exercise plan. Be sure to proceed from a beginner's pace and then slowly increase to a more advanced level as you get used to exercising more.

The American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association guidelines are good recommendations even for those who do not suffer from diabetes or heart disease.

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