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Succeeding wi​th your New Year’s resolutions

My New Year’s resolution is to lose my excess ​weight. Can you offer tips to help me succeed?​

"You'll have to burn more calories than you ingest by committing to healthy eating and exercise habits," says Tahirih Baker, M.D., a board-certified physician specializing in Family Medicine at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Begin by setting a series of realistic, attainable weight-loss goals to help you reach your long-term target weight."

Dr. Baker says that since excess weight is typically gained gradually - usually over months, years, even decades - it's important to your overall health that the weight loss also occurs gradually.

"For example, if you wanted to lose 50 pounds in 2016, set a short-term goal of losing 1 pound a week for a month. As you meet more short-term goals, you'll be encouraged to continue with your year-long strategy."

For best results, Dr. Baker says you should renew your commitment to healthy dieting every day. "Just one dessert could undo a week of efforts."

She says it's important to include a sensible exercise regimen. "It doesn't have to be grueling. A daily walking routine qualifies as beneficial exercise."

Here again, Dr. Baker suggests starting gradually, until you can walk for 30 minutes each day.

"Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any weight-loss or exercise program. And make a long-term commitment to these lifestyle changes. If you don't, you may find yourself making the same resolution next year," concludes Dr. Baker, who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold's Tanglewood Clinic, near the Galleria.​​​

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Tahirih Baker, MD

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