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Top 10 Reasons to Stick to Your Diet Resolutions


Here are some of our very favorite reasons to stick to your diet resolutions both at home and dining out at restaurants, along with the Food Friendzy ingredients that will help you do so.
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We’ll give you three guesses what the NUMBER 1 New Year Resolution is.  That’s right, “lose weight.”  If your goal is to lose weight this year, the trick is to find the reason that will motivate you now and throughout your journey… especially now that it's February and the shiny glow of New Year’s Day is fading.  

Here are some of our very favorite reasons to stick to your diet resolutions both at home and dining out at restaurants, along with the Food Friendzy ingredients that will help you do so:
 
 
1. Impress your doctor – Imagine the praise when you stroll into your next doctor’s appointment with a lower weight and potentially lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Oatmeal can help, with high-fiber, diet friendly and cholesterol lowering benefits.  Find her: Fitness Breakfast at Millie’s Restaurant & Bakery in CA (470 calories, 5 g fat, 95 mg sodium).

2. Those pants in the closet – Today’s the day to start fitting into them.  Lentil is a pro at getting you into those too-small clothes without the hunger, thanks to fiber.  Add her to salads for a little variety, or warm up with a nice Lentil soup.  Find her: Lentil Soup at Pita House located in Schaumburg and Lombard, IL (190 calories, 6 g fat, 250 mg sodium).

3. Stop the love/hate relationship with your scale – If you don’t like what the scale is telling you, give it a different answer.  If you haven’t already, get to know Nonfat Greek Yogurt.  His probiotics can help keep your digestive system and diet on track.  Find him: Granola with Yogurt and Honey at Brookfields Restaurant in CA (310 calories, 7 g fat, 160 mg sodium)

4. Be a better dancer – Or bowler or trapeze artist or poet if that’s your passion.  Losing just 10% of your body weight can help give you more energy to pursue your passions, and leafy greens like Spinach can both help you lose weight and boost your energy, thanks to a healthy dose of iron. Find him: Fit Fare® Veggie Skillet at Denny’s nationwide (330 calories, 9 g fat).

5. Make people wonder about your glow – All those healthy foods you eat to lose weight can also give you a healthy glow.  Everyone will wonder what your secret is.  Snack on nuts like Almond for healthy fats that have been shown to help with weight loss and healthy skin.  Find her: Almond Crusted Seared Tuna Appetizer (Serves 2) at F2O in GA and TN (140 calories, 9 g fat).
 
6. Ditch the 3pm slump – A healthy diet can give you steady energy to help you breeze through the day without the dreaded afternoon runs to the vending machine.  Whole Grains are a must for helping to keep your energy steady throughout the day.  Indulge in tasty choices like brown rice, quinoa and bulgur.  Find them: Quinoa Salad Wrap at SeaWorld San Diego (440 calories, 14 g fat).

7. Feel younger – Soothe achy joints like knees and ankles by taking a little weight off of them.  Include foods like Salmon in your meals for both lean protein and joint health, thanks to calcium and omega 3s.  Find her: Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon at Seasons 52 nationwide (470 calories, 25 g fat).

8. The compliments – Yes, who doesn’t like a simple “You look great!” or “Have you lost weight?”  To start reeling in the compliments, focus on lean proteins, fruits and veggies and whole grains in smaller portions for slow and steady weight loss.  Find them: Teriyaki Chicken at bd’s Mongolian Grill in several states (360 calories, 9 g fat).

9. Be an example – Show family and friends that healthy eating can be tasty, satisfying and offer a long list of rewards.  Making healthier choices at home and dining out is easier than ever with resources like the new mobile HealthyDiningFinder.  Find choices like: Mango-Chile Tilapia at Chili’s nationwide (580 calories, 22 g fat).

10. Impress yourself – Imagine how triumphant you’ll feel when you meet your weight loss goals!  We all know it’s not easy to lose weight.  It takes commitment, planning, support and the ability to keep plugging along. 
 
What’s your weight loss motivation this year?  How are you planning to stick to your diet resolutions?
 
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