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Coffee has many benefits, just don't add sugar to it.

You make poor decisions when your judgment is compromised. Hunger is a primal urge that’s difficult to deny. When you're famished, it's hard to hold off until you can find healthy food. As a result, you end up eating anything that's not nailed down, and typically, regretting it. Planning meals and snacks works wonders to head off the intense hunger that can do a number on your best intentions to eat right. Always tote healthy snacks, such as an ounce of pistachios and some whole grain crackers, Greek yogurt, or 1/4 cup raisins. Don't skip meals or skimp on them, either.

Before starting a weight-loss program, consult a doctor for an assessment of overall health risks. Doctors may recommend options for losing weight or exercise programs that fit your health status and ability to stick with a program.

Refined carbohydrates are usually sugar, or grains that have been stripped of their fibrous, nutritious parts (includes white bread and pasta).

Studies show that refined carbs can spike blood sugar rapidly, leading to hunger, cravings and increased food intake a few hours later. Eating refined carbs is strongly linked to obesity.

If you’re going to eat carbs, make sure to eat them with their natural fiber.

Exercise and TV.  The American Heart Association knows what we love: television. And they also know we need to get more exercise. So why not combine the two, they ask?

Try dancing to the music when you tune into your favorite music show, or practice some stress-relieving cardio boxing when your least favorite reality contestant is on camera.

During commercials pedal your stationery bike, walk the treadmill, or slip in a little strength training doing bicep curls with cans of your favorite fizzy beverage as weights. Or get inspired to really focus: Put in a high-energy exercise DVD and get motivated by the pros onscreen.

It doesn't matter exactly what you do, so long as you're up and active. Aim for at least 15 minutes, says the AHA. But who knows? If you get really engrossed, you just might outlast the last survivor.

Here are the Top 10 Resolutions for 2016 that can help you attain health and well-being:

1. Lose Weight

Getting back to a healthy routine in January always feels good, but weight loss takes patience and perseverance. Sometimes when we don’t see the pounds melting away as quickly as we’d like, we feel frustrated and give up. If this is the case for you, join a support group or consult a professional to find out how she or he can help you to reach your weight loss goals more efficiently.

2. Adopt a Healthy Diet

This resolution goes together with weight loss, and is a key part of healthy living. Once you start eating well, you’ll notice the benefits in your mood, your skin, and your overall well-being.

3. Get Active

Adopting a fitness or activity program is essential for life. Regular exercise not only helps you feel good, but it can also help ward off certain diseases. And don’t forget how working up a good sweat really allows our body to rid itself of toxins, leaving our skin looking healthy and glowing!

4. De-Stress

Stress is a normal part of life, but if it starts to get the best of you and affects your happiness, it’s time to come up with ideas to combat it. Why not commit to a self-care plan this New Year that includes various methods of de-stressing. Try some yoga, meditation, or treat yourself to a facial or spa massage.

5. Quit Smoking

This is in the top 10 of healthy new years resolutions for obvious reasons: smoking is not only bad for your overall health, but also ages our skin. If you decide to quit smoking this year, your Medical Aesthetician can discuss aesthetic medicine treatments with you that will help reverse some of the damages that cigarettes have done to your skin – especially on your face.

6. Take more “You” Time

We all seem to get caught up in the fast pace of our busy, often over-scheduled lives. Tell yourself that this New Year, you will make it a priority to take as little as 30 minutes per day to go for a walk, read a book, go for a walk, or get a makeover. Treat yourself and make your well-being a priority this year!

7. Get a Better Night’s Sleep

We spend half of our lives sleeping, so it’s important to make it worthwhile. By ensuring that you are going to bed at a decent hour, investing in comfortable pillows, sheets and a mattress, and taking naps when you can, you can help yourself to feel more rejuvenated. Moreover, allow your Medical Aesthetician to show you some products and procedures that can help alleviate tired skin. Then you’ll look just as revitalized as you feel!

8. Adopt a Positive Attitude

Self-love and positivity can do wonders for your happiness. Start your day with a positive thought or affirmation, and continue to devote more time to taking care of yourself. Offer a smile to others, and fill your mind with positive thoughts.

9. Travel More

The time is now to get away! Depending on where you live, January can be dark and dismal, and the post-holiday slump can get you down. That makes it a perfect time to jet off to a sunny or eclectic destination.

10. Finally, Choose to be Healthy, in all Aspects!

This resolution connects all of the above, and is one of the most important choices we can make for ourselves today. Choose the healthy snack over the candy, chose the positive thought over the negative, and take time out to care of yourself and enjoy your life.

But most of all, choose to make 2016 your best year ever!

Get the resources you need to lose weight, the healthy way from Woodland Hills Medical Clinic.

In the cafeteria use a 4-by-4-inch Styrofoam box and fill it with wholesome food. It's almost impossible to overeat.

Not only do people who eat nuts have a lower risk of heart disease, but they are also more likely to get back into their skinny jeans: Research has found that snacking on nuts boosts your chance of eating less later in the day, thanks to satiating fiber and healthy fats.

It is often claimed that drinking water can help with weight loss, and this is true.  What to do?  Drink a glass of water about 30 minutes before each meal.
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