Feeling daunted about starting your New Year resolution to eat better, get fitter and lose weight? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and there are some simple things you can do to get started and more importantly, to stick with it.

Experts have looked at the habits of people who manage to lose weight successfully and keep that weight off. There is a lot we can learn from these successful dieters, but the main thing is – this is not rocket science. What you need to do is develop a series of simple, healthy habits.

And guess what? There are only 9 to remember.

1. Track your food intake

You can do this using safefood’s free weight-mate app. It contains a huge variety of easy, delicious, healthy meal plans developed by nutritionists to suit your tastes.

2. Count calories or grams of fat

All of safefood’s weight-mate recipes and meal plans have been calorie counted and checked for fat content.

3. Follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet

There’s a lot of chat about low-carb and high protein diets these days, and they do work for some people, but that’s not what the successful diets did. Here are some handy tips on making your meals healthier.

4. Eat breakfast regularly

This tends to help people avoid making bad food choices later in the morning. If that sounds familiar, you’ll find lots of healthy breakfast recipe ideas on safefood’s website.

5. Limit how often you eat out

You don’t eat out more than three times a week and eat fast food less than once a week. Studies have found that foods eaten outside the home tend to be higher in calories and fat. Portions sizes are also often larger. We have lots of tips on healthy options when eating out to help you make better choices.

6. Stick with moderation for holidays and special occasions

(We’ll do better next Christmas!)

7. Walk about an hour a day or participate in other activities

You can set a physical activity goal of an hour a day on safefood’s weight-mate app and track how you are doing.

8. Watch less than 10 hours of TV a week

Monitor your TV viewing for a week to see how much you actually watch. You might be surprised!

9. Weigh yourself once a week

You can also track your weight using the Weight-mate app.

This year, say ‘No’ to fad diets, do what works and start adopting these healthy habits to get healthy and stay healthy for 2016.

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