Have you already given up on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? You’re not alone. Registered dietitian Sara Lopinski at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield says weight loss is among the most common resolutions, and many people have already given up. She says people have high expectations that are difficult to achieve.

“So if someone said at the beginning of the month, I’m never going to eat a cookie for the rest of my life, that’s probably not a realistic goal,” she says. “Instead, maybe think in terms of finding other foods that will substitute for cookies.” 

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Lopinski suggests granola bars, energy bars and high-fiber foods to take care of your sweet tooth. She says you don’t have to give up fast food and other pleasures entirely, just eat less of them to start, and complement smaller portions with salads or fruit.

“We’re not saying you can never eat fast food again, it’s just to look at more at the kinds of foods you’re ordering, and maybe the frequency,” she says. “Maybe you try to cut down eating fast foods from four times a week to two times a week."

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