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Humana's LifeSynch Offers Tips for Keeping New Year's Weight Loss Resolution
Date:12/30/2009

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- It's that time of year. Gyms will be flooded with people ready to step on a treadmill. Grocery carts will be filled with fruits and vegetables instead of frozen pizza and chips. People will enter the New Year resolved to lose weight. But surveys show that most people don't keep this resolution. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to change your lifestyle and drop the pounds, according to Dr. Ken Hopper of LifeSynch, the behavioral health and wellness subsidiary of Humana ( HUM).

Hopper offers the following simple tips toward achieving your New Year's weight loss resolution.

  1. Slow down! Sit down at a table and really think about what you are eating. Try eating with your non-dominant hand or using smaller utensils. Doing this will help you savor and not scarf your food. You will also realize that you are full before you eat too much.
  2. Stop. Don't eat while you are distracted. This means putting down the remote, putting your car in park or putting away the cell phone. Eating involves more than just putting food in your mouth. We use all five senses while we eat. We smell, see, taste, hear and touch. Pay attention to all of them.
  3. If it's not there, you won't eat it. Don't buy unhealthy foods that will tempt you every time you open the pantry. It is easier to resist buying tempting foods for 30 minutes at the store than to resist eating them for 24 hours a day if they're in your house.
  4. Be selective. If yo
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