Dec 31, 2013 2:04 PM by NBC News

Tips for sticking to those New Year's health resolutions

Weigh less and exercise more are popular New Year's resolutions, but how do you keep those commitments going well into the new year?

Dietitians at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City say start out by making simple changes to your diet. For example, eat baked chicken instead of fried, and veggies instead of chips.

Don't cut out dessert completely, but limit it to a few times a week instead of every day.

If you're going to exercise more, find a buddy who will work out with you and keep you accountable. Park far away when running errands, and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Finally, experts say losing one to two pounds a week is the best way to keep the weight off, so don't get discouraged if you don't see big losses every week.



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