Practical Way To Make Your New Year’s Diet Resolution a Success

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Soup Diet

If you are one of the 45% of Americans that made a New Year’s resolution what are your plans for success. Well, the good news is that people who do make plans to change in the New Year are 10 times more likely to report success than people who do not.


And if your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, one of the first things you need to consider is taking control of your environment and having the right tools will help you succeed.

• Measuring cups to control portions
• Tupperware for making your own home made healthy TV dinners
• Stock up on low calorie, nutrient dense foods (see list of 20 Power foods)
• Fill up on high protein and high fiber (Lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables)
• Know how much water you need and drink that amount every day
• Keep a food journal – sometimes the amount of food we eat can be surprising
• Apps that help track your program

Weight Watchers Power Foods Shopping List:
• FRUITS - All fresh, frozen or canned fruit without added sugar
• VEGGIES - Most fresh, frozen or canned vegetables without added sugar or oil
• LEAN PROTEIN - Chicken breast, Beans, Eggs, Fish, Lean ground beef, Lean ground turkey, Shellfish, Turkey breast, Vegetarian burgers (with 2 grams of fat or less per serving)
• NON-FAT DAIRY - Greek yogurt, Kefir, Low-Fat Cheese (in limited amounts)
• WHOLE GRAINS - Brown and wild rice, Hot cereals (without added sugar, dried fruit or nuts), Whole-grain pasta
• BROTH BASED SOUPS, e.g., chicken broth
• POPCORN (94 % fat-free)
• High fiber Reduced-calorie bread

Breakfast Sandwich (5 PointsPlus® Values)

  • 2 slices lite bread (2 PPVs)
  • 3 egg whites (1 PPV)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cheddar cheese (2 PPVs)
  • 1 slice of tomato (0 PPVs)
  • 1 grapefruit (0 PPVs)


Lunch: Chef’s Salad (8 PointsPlus® Values)

  • Mixed lettuce (0 PPVs)
  • 4 oz sliced turkey and ham, combined (4 PPVs)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Swiss cheese (2 PPVs)
  • 2 tbsp low-fat dressing (1 PPV)
  • Cucumber, tomato, red pepper, other vegetables (0 PPVs)
  • 1 cup Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup (O PPVs)

Snack (3 PointsPlus® Values)
3 cups popcorn (3 PPVs)
1 apple (0 PPVs)

Dinner: Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry (9 PointsPlus® Values)

  • 3 oz shrimp (3 PPVs)
  • 1 cup brown rice (5 PPVs)
  • Vegetables (0 PPVs)
  • 1 tsp oil (1 PPV)

Dessert (4 PointsPlus® Values)

  • 1 cup chocolate pudding made with fat-free milk (4 PPVs)
  • Cut up strawberries and bananas (0 PPVs)
  • *These recipes are sponsored by Weight Watchers

Whether you follow a point system or just eat lean and green, being aware of what you eat is important. Keeping a food journal is just one way to record the amount of food you eat and stay in touch with times you may fall into emotional eating. With modern technology, apps are another good tool to ensure your success.