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Following through on healthy New Year's resolutions

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The new year is just around the corner and that means it's time to start thinking about our resolutions, many having to do with weight loss.

Medithin Clinic Manager and Personal Trainer Kelly Jones says the reason many people can't follow through on their weight loss resolutions is their diet.

Jones says roughly 80 percent of processed foods have sweetener added to them. She says that can make us feel hungry when we're actually not.

Jones say to eat real food. Meaning, if it came out of the ground or from an animal that ate what came out of the ground, you are on the right track. But she says to keep in mind that even real food has natural sugar in it.

One way to keep track of the food you are eating is by starting a food journal. A 2008 study found that dieters who kept food diaries at least six days a week, lost twice as much weight as those who kept the journals one day a week or less.

The next big thing Jones say you can do to lose weight is stay active. Even if you are busy and can't get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise in most days of the week, Jones says try to at least get interval cardio training in 15 to 20 minutes just two times a week.

Getting enough sleep at night can help you lose weight as well. Jones says adults should sleep seven to nine hours each night. She says getting enough sleep increases energy and productivity, ultimately leading to a healthier lifestyle.

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