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5 Top Dieting Resolutions You Should Stick To

“Okay,” you say to yourself, “For 2014, I am definitely going to lose weight!” But you already feel yourself slipping. Fast food is looking extra appealing. A slice or two of cake after dinner sounds like a pretty good idea. Stick with it! With these five handy tips, you can ensure you’ll be able to see your new years resolution through to the end.

Ditch the scales

Yes, really. While scales can show you how much you weight, they aren’t good at reflecting your progress. Scales can’t take muscle gain and bloating into account, so all your scale could be doing is making you think you’re failing. So shove it in your closet and find other ways to track your progress.

Grab a friend

Studies have found that working out with a friend keeps you going longer and pushes you to put more effort into it. So grab a buddy when you work out. It’ll be good for the both of you.

Cut down your meal size

Instead of changing your diet immediately, be realistic by changing it slowly. Gradually cut down on your portions until you’ve cut that food out of your life entirely. It’s all about baby steps!

Cut out soft drinks

Soft drinks, while delicious, are loaded sugar and artificial sweeteners, which are terrible for your body. Yes, even diet sodas are bad for you. So cut them out of your diet entirely.

Write it all down

Keep a detailed record of everything you do so you can see your progress. It will help you to keep track of how you’re doing, and will show you what you need to improve on.

Evan Hopkins is a 24 year old writer operating out of Atlanta, GA. When he isn't writing, he enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, and folk music. Evan Hopkins on Google+