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Top 5 tips to keeping your resolution
The new year is now upon us, and as we move into 2014, many of us will have set a new year's resolution or two to help better ourselves in the year ahead.
Unsurprisingly, losing weight is the most common resolution among people in western countries, with swathes of people hoping to look and feel better in the year ahead.
However, as many have discovered in years gone by, it can be all too easy to lose sight of your goals and fall off the wagon. Many people will have done so within the first couple of months in fact.
If you are determined to lose a few pounds this year, though, you need to be determined, committed and prepared, and there are a number of different ways to ensure that you have a much better chance of achieving what you want to in the year ahead.
We look at a few of the best tactics for losing weight in 2014 and sticking to your new year's resolutions.
Set out a plan
It is easy to promise yourself that you will drop a few pounds throughout the year, but without setting out how you are going to do it, you will find that you quickly fall back into old habits and end up either staying the same weight or even gaining a little.
Before you start to try to lose weight for real, set out a plan for yourself. You should write down what sort of foods you are going to cut out, what you strive to eat more of, and how much you will need to exercise to meet your targets.
It can be a good idea at this time to also set out meal plans. Look at what you will eat each day and write it down to make it easier to stick to. Making it up on the fly will mean you are far more likely to just go for the stuff that isn't the best for you again.